The above table shows the net spend of each Premiership club since 1992, or how much money they have spent on players compared to how much they have sold. It is not adjusted for inflation, though, so some statistics might be a bit exaggerated.

It’s an interesting table for a number of reasons, though it’s worth discussing that other than Chelsea who unsurprisingly take 1st place, the only other league title winners find themselves in 6th, 11th and 18th place.

The £80 million summer transfer of Christiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid might be skewing Manchester United’s numbers a little bit, if anyone is wondering how they find themselves behind clubs such as Aston Villa and Tottenham, who haven’t won much of anything in recent times.

It is “impressive” also how much money Manchester City have managed to invest in less than two seasons after their new owners took over, as they had spent the majority of the years before yo-yoing between divisions. With big money come great expectations, however, and so far the squad isn’t quite delivering.

Perhaps a more proper type of impressive are Arsenal, who have only spend £32 million more than they have sold for all their Premiership years, yet still have managed to pump out some of the best young talents in the league. In my view, Arsenal really are a great example of how a modern big club should be run, even though they have gone a few years now with always being near the, top but not quite getting there.


5 Responses to “Net Spend Of Each Premier League Club”

  1. maxp on January 28th, 2011 7:42 am

    It would be intereting to add another column deviding the total spend by the no of Premierships won, even though only 4 teams have won the title. It would still be good to see what each win would have cost them. My guess is Chelsea would have paid the most and Arsenal the least.

  2. Kateete James on May 25th, 2011 11:11 pm

    It’s amazing how villa and spurs can be ahead of ma united,however arsenal have done well but its un fotunate they may feed other teams with players like westham until they decline.business men look at branding as a big factor.

  3. Wilson Kiw on June 28th, 2011 1:42 pm

    you can play with this data here


    adding in the ability to correlate if spending money bought success would be interesting

  4. Joe on August 24th, 2011 8:22 am

    @maxp blackburn would have paid less than arsenal

  5. Kram Ekosum on August 28th, 2011 5:10 pm

    Arsenal have an exemplary expenditure record given the number of trophies won. The other ‘big’ sides all featured very highly in the top 6 of purchases and total expenditure have rather little to be proud of including the ‘great’ Manchester United. Only Everton and Arsenal should be held in any esteem by fans and the media! If English football operated anywhere near that of real life those “top six” clubs would be extinct……

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