Premier League clubs spent a record £835m on transfers in the 2014 summer window, up on last year’s total of £630m.

The dramatic rise in total expenditure by Premier League clubs showed that after the relatively meagre years of 2008-2010, the spending spree is very much back in fashion.

Even in percentage terms, after a double-dip, Premier League spending on the transfer window continued to rise. In 2014, the total output was up by 33% on the previous year.

Where was the money spent?

For the third year in a row, the vast majority fees were spent on players from outside England. The amount going to other Premier League clubs was slightly up, while Football League clubs more than doubled the amount they received this time last year.

£530m went on players from overseas in 2014 compared with £370m last year, while £240m went to Premier League clubs (a slight increase on the £230m total last year).

How does the Premier League compare?

The Premier League’s total outlay of £835m is only £200m less than the rest of Europe’s big five leagues put together. In fact, Manchester United’s spending spree amounted to £151.7m, more than the total £100m spend for Ligue 1 in this transfer window.

La Liga were the next biggest spenders, after the Premier League, with a total of £425. Serie A and Bundesliga spent £260m and £250m respectively.

Who were the biggest spenders in the Premier League?

Manchester United were by far the window’s biggest net spenders, eclipsing their previous record of £62m in 2007. Only three clubs - Southampton, Tottenham and Chelsea - made a profit.

Manchester United’s British record purchase of Ángel Di María for close to £60m added to big money moves for Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind. It meant that despite selling Danny Welbeck, they dwarfed their nearest rivals Arsenal by almost £80m.

Elsewhere Manchester City’s outlay of £32m was their lowest in a summer transfer window since the club was bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2009, while Liverpool brought in eight new players to offset the departure of Luis Suárez. Of sides who finished outside last season’s top seven, West Ham, Newcastle, QPR and Hull were the biggest net spenders.

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This article was amended on 3 September 2014. It previously referred to ‘Manchester City’s outlay of £2m’, this should have read £32m.