Chelsea has made more money than any of its Premier League rivals since the summer of 2016, according to new data released by the CIES Football Observatory.

The West London club has made £ 578m in player sales, led by Eden Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid for a fee that could climb to £ 150m in the summer of 2019. Liverpool have had the next best return among the English teams at £ 415million.

Only three teams in the five major European leagues have made more money on sales over the same period as Chelsea – Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona.

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The Ligue 1 club had a turnover of £ 664m, resulting in a net profit of £ 115m. The only clubs that have achieved better returns are French clubs Lille (£ 167m) and Lyon (£ 132m) and Serie A Atalanta (£ 116m).

Chelsea have spent £ 847m on signings, including more than £ 200m last summer. This is also the fourth highest sum on the entire continent. Barcelona have spent the most at £ 1.025 billion, Manchester City second at £ 881 million and Juventus at £ 875 million.

The overall picture is worrying for the Premier League clubs, which have also been hit hard by the loss of matchday revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Both Manchester clubs have the largest net deficits – City £ 552 million, United £ 516 million – while neither Premier League team has made a total profit.

CIES said: “The lowest negative net spend was recorded for Southampton (- £ 43.8m), ahead of West Bromwich Albion (- £ 64m) and Newcastle United (- £ 67.4m).”

You can find the complete data here.