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Football managers often live and die by transfers. They might not always be directly in charge of signings, but being handed expensive players by their club will always bring huge expectations.

Everyone on this list has seen more than £500m worth of new players sign for their clubs over the years. But who are the biggest spending managers in history?

Note: Only players who commanded a fee for a permanent transfer are included in the number of signings. Any difference between fees stated here and reported fees may be down to a number of factors, such as currency fluctuation, add-ons/bonuses or other potential variables.


20. Brendan Rodgers – £503m

65 signings

Avg. per signing: £7.7m

Most expensive: Christian Benteke (£41.85m – Liverpool, 2015)

Brendan Rodgers’ most expensive signing at a club anywhere other than ​Liverpool or current side ​Leicester comes in at under £10m. He had a big budget at Anfield, but few of the players that arrived were successes, not that it was necessarily solely his decision.


19. Fabio Capello – £513m

65 signings

Avg. per signing: £7.9m

Most expensive: Gabriel Batistuta (£32.5m – Roma, 2000)

Several of the most expensive players Fabio Capello managed during his storied career were signed during his spell at Roma, including the likes of Gabriel Batistuta, Antonio Cassano, Vincenzo Montella and Walter Samuel. Three of those won Serie A in 2000/01…Read More

By Ian Dei

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