As teams prepare for the 2021-22 Premier League season, all clubs are splashing out the money to improve their squads, but who are the biggest donors so far?
Only Newcastle United, Manchester City and Chelsea have a penny left to spend, although the Premier League winners and European champions have been linked to some of the biggest deals.
Man United has already signed a high-profile summer deal with Jadon Sancho
With the financial strength of City and Blues owners Sheikh Mansour and Roman Abramovich, it is only a matter of time before they open their checkbooks.
Currently, Manchester United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Norwich City have spent the most money on attracting new players.
Most notable were Borussia Dortmund’s £ 73m and English winger Jadon Sancho signing by United, and Leicester City’s deals for Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare for a total of £ 40m.
Liverpool also went big for Ibrahima Konate, spending £ 36m on RB Leipzig defender.
Liverpool’s new number 5 Konate is expected to join Jürgen Klopp’s team directly after arriving from RB Leipzig this season
Meanwhile, Villa has gone wild, beating Arsenal for £ 33mn signing Emiliano Buendia.
That being said, the spending of some of these clubs significantly reduces their net transfer amounts.
Although Liverpool brought on another center-back this summer following last season’s defensive crisis, he’s only spent £ 7m, which totaled £ 29m, following the smart sales of Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and others.
Norwich City made money this summer, with the £ 33million Villa received for Buendia allowing the Canaries to make a £ 1.5m profit despite signing seven players.
The term “net spend” has been used extensively recently given the high fees clubs have received to counter the money they spend.
Abramovich has spent a lot of money at Chelsea, but his smart deals have also resulted in the Blues generating millions through player sales
For example, Chelsea, a club notorious for spending a lot of money, have also received sizeable sums of money.
If they finally sign a sign or two in that transfer window, they can boast that the club has made £ 29.86m in sales to date.
Consideration of net expenses; United, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Aston Villa are still the biggest donors.
And with Liverpool and Norwich both receiving large amounts, the next biggest donors will be – surprisingly – Leeds, Arsenal and Brentford.
Who would have thought that the richest clubs in the Premier League are at the bottom of the biggest spending money in the transfer window …
Largest net spend in the Premier League
1. Manchester United: £ 73m
2nd Crystal Palace: £ 41 million
3. Leicester City: £ 40 million
4. Aston Villa: £ 27.5m
5. Leeds United: £ 23.8m
6 = Arsenal: £ 23m
6 = Brentford: £ 23 million
8. Brighton and Hove Albion: £ 17 million
9. Wolverhampton Wanderers: £ 11.4m
10. Watford: £ 10.25 million
11. Burnley: £ 4 million
12. Everton: £ 1.1m
13. Southampton: £ 600k
14. Newcastle United: € 0
15. Norwich City: £ -1.5m
16. West Ham United: £ -2.3m
17. Tottenham Hotspur: £ -3.5m
18. Liverpool: £ 7m
19. Chelsea: £ -29.86m
20. Manchester City: £ 38.3m
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