Chelsea largest spender, Manchester United largest net spender in the Premier League since 2012

Recently, an assessment of club spending was published using data from 29 January.

Since the majority of transfer activity occurs on deadline day, some four days later, this assessment may have been a bit premature.

Now that the transfer window is closed we can properly assess where the money went.

The top chart shows the top spenders since the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.

Chelsea are the clear top spenders here.

The €33.4m spent on Juan Cuadrado over the final days of the transfer window pushed them well past Manchester United on the original assessment.

balance2Source: Transfer Markt

Also interesting is the amount of money spent on transfer fees over that did not come from the revenue generated by player sales.

This deficit is either provided by bank loans or provided from another revenue source within the club, all hopefully within FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are clearly leading the pack here, each funding close to €300m extra on transfer fees over the past 2.5 years.

Third is Manchester City, spending roughly 100m less than Manchester United.

balance2Source: Transfer Markt

Interesting that both have been the only two sides to win the Barclay’s Premier League in the past three seasons.

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Mark J. Fine

Yank (native New Yorker, no less) and self-proclaimed Anglophile that has aspired to make tea at the BBC as a career opportunity, ever since discovering it on shortwave radio circa 1974. See what I did right there?