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.