For Barcelona, despite the arrivals of Malcom and Arturo Vidal this summer was all about balancing the books and having a clear-out.
With nine departing the Nou Camp – six for a fee – the club made a record breaking €124million (£111m) from sales. The most they have ever earned from outgoings in one window.
The Premier League proved a successful selling spot as Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu (£13m) was joined by Lucas Digne (£18m), Yerry Mina (£28.5m) and Andre Gomes (£2m, loan) all of which joined Everton.
Making up the rest of the record returns was Aleix Vidal who joined Sevilla for £7.6m and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho who made a £50m return to China with Guangzhou Evergrande.
The Catalan giants have spent big in recent summers with Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho both requiring outlays of more than £100m and so a sort out was required by Ernesto Valverde.
Another factor, particularly in the case of Mina and Paulinho’s sales, was that the club are only allowed three non-EU players in their squad and they needed to make room new faces Malcom, Arthur and Vidal.