NO CLUB can match Manchester City for transfer expenditure over the last decade, the Premier League champions splashing out £1.5BILLION on new players.
With the English transfer window shut and European market following suit soon, the continent-wide money table makes for very interesting reading.
According to Transfermarkt’s database, City have signed 278 players since the start of the 2009/10 season to help make them Europe’s biggest spenders.
Despite Pep Guardiola’s claims that his side are not ludicrously rich, the majority of their splurges have come in the past three years.
Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, John Stones and Kyle Walker all clocked in at over £50m to help City win the last two league titles.
With just £452m banked in sales during this period, the club have a negative balance of £1.185bn that far outweighs any of their rivals’.
Barcelona and Real Madrid make up the spending podium with expenditure of £1.33bn and £1.24bn, respectively, both on around 130 players.
This indicates a quality over quantity approach that has enabled the Clasico rivals to win all but one of the La Liga tiles in the past ten years – with their sales also similar, around the £730m mark.
Seven teams have tipped the £1bn mark; Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United completing that list.
But Liverpool and Atletico Madrid will inevitably join them before long, both clubs having forked out £945m worth in transfer fees since 2009.
Of those clubs, Juve hold the remarkable record of plucking 577 footballers to sign on the dotted line, nearly matched by tenth-place Inter Milan’s 552.
There is clearly a cultural shift from country to country with the Italians’ activity dwarfing Bayern Munich’s paltry 99 incomings, at a cost of £638m.
The Germans are 15th in the European money table, behind Arsenal, AC Milan, Roma and Monaco.
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Monaco are a standout club in terms of transfer tactics.
No one else in the top 18 can boast a market profit, the Principality outfit selling players worth £893m after spending £730m.
Not only does this include the departures of Kylian Mbappe, James Rodriguez and Anthony Martial – they have sold flops such as Guido Carrillo, Rachid Ghezzal and Terence Kongolo to Southampton, Leicester and Huddersfield respectively for a combined £50m.
Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Genoa – the latter buying 695 players throughout the last decade – are all in the top 30 for spending and yet have turned a profit, but none are on a level with Portugal’s top clubs.
Porto and Benfica have racked up mega amounts of cash from buying low and selling high, to the tune of £381.5m and £592m, respectively.
No club has made as much profit as Lisbon side Benfica with a whopping 29 players leaving for over £10m and Joao Felix becoming their record departure at £113m to Atletico this summer.
Some surprise names, including RB Salzburg, Sao Paulo and Basel feature among the biggest profit makers, but there is a sense of familiarity at the other end of the spectrum among football’s most wasteful sides.
English clubs Leicester, Bournemouth, Stoke, Brighton, Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham, Wolves, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and City are all inside the continent’s top 25 loss makers when sales are offset by arrivals.
Brentford, Swansea and Blackburn are the Football League teams making the most money out of the market thanks to near identical profits totalling around £67m.
In terms of pure income from departing players, Chelsea top the English table having sold Eden Hazard for £150m this summer as part of their £811m total across the decade.