Laughable transfer fees from 1996 include Rivaldo for £5m and Seedorf for £3m

With nine-figure transfer deals becoming more and more commonplace in football – it's hard to imagine a time when £15million would raise eyebrows.

Now merely a drop in the ocean, £12.8million would once be able to purchase a future Ballon d'Or winner. In fact, in 1996, the entire Premier League spent a combined £75million – Liverpool surpassed that total with Darwin Nunez alone.

But even more eye-opening deals saw Rivaldo swap Brazil for Deportivo La Coruna for £5.4million. While Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf moved from Serie A to Real Madrid for a small £3.4million, slightly more than Arsenal forked over for Marquinhos this summer.

Spanish sides were the big spenders of the window, and they spent a collective £128million.

Ronaldo's £12.8million move from PSV to Barcelona was the biggest deal of the season – and he went on to bag 34 goals in 37 appearances, quite the return. While Predrag Mijatovic's £6.4million fee from Valencia to Real Madrid was the second-highest fee.

Italian clubs also outspent English clubs, with Serie A raking up a combined £85million in fees.

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The biggest deal of the window saw Alan Shearer move to his childhood side Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers.

Shearer would go on to bag more Premier League goals than any other player in Premier League history.

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