Chelsea and Manchester United top football boffins’ charts of this season’s biggest transfer spenders… but can YOU name three English clubs outside the Big Six who have surpassed Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich?
- Chelsea and Man United are the biggest spenders in football this season
- Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich also splashed the cash
- But three English clubs have spent more than the European trio, can you name them?
Chelsea’s American owner Todd Boehly has flexed his finances this season after the Blues forked out an eye-watering £489million on 15 players in the current and final summer transfer windows. heat
Having almost reached the half-billion mark in transfer fees (including add-ons), west London have comfortably been football’s biggest spenders over the past year.
The arrivals of Mykhailo Mudryk (£88m), Benoit Badiashile (£35m), Noni Madueke (£26m), Andrey Santos (£18m), David Datro Fofana (£8m) and Joao Felix (£9m loan fee) in the month This alone is a major contributor to Chelsea’s huge transfer bill, which has seen them shell out more than double that of the next biggest spenders – Manchester United.
Chelsea have pocketed an eye-watering £489million on 15 players this season
Man United are the next biggest spenders, having paid £239m in transfers since last summer
United have spent a total of £239m on seven players, with the Red Devils continuing to support manager Erik ten Hag in the market.
Although they signed eight fewer players than Chelsea, they spent £155m on just two players, with Antony (£86m) and Casemiro (£70m) both arriving for huge sums.
The findings from the latest study by the CIES Football Observatory are less surprising, given that Chelsea and United have never been afraid to shell out big money to sign a player.
But the three other clubs that make up the top five may come as a shock to some.
Bayern Munich was one of Germany and Europe’s biggest spenders last year
European giants Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich sit just outside the top five, despite still paying huge sums in two windows, while it’s predictably three Premier League clubs that grab the remaining top five spots .
But Tottenham, Manchester City, or Liverpool are nowhere to be found in the top 10 for biggest spenders.
Instead, West Ham splashed out a staggering £209m on 10 players since last summer while Nottingham Forest continued their spending spree, splashing out £205m on 18 players on their return to the Premier League.
While Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also brought in some new players
Finally, Wolves took the fifth and final spot in the top five biggest spenders, spending £179m (the same as Barcelona but £9m more excluding add-ons) on 11 players.
Premier League teams continue to dominate when it comes to spending in the market, with all but one English top-flight club featuring in the top 50.
Leicester City are the only Premier League side not to feature in the top 50.
Meanwhile, Everton have outbid Real Madrid by £2.6m but throwing money at the club’s issues on and off the pitch has not solved their issues, with the club languishing in the relegation zone.
However, West Ham took the final spot on the podium for this season’s biggest spenders
Nottingham Forest are not far behind after spending £205m on 18 players
Wolves have also not been afraid to splash out on players since last summer
When it comes to the total spending of a league as a whole, the Premier League is more than any of the top five European divisions, spending a combined £2.81billion on transfer fees (including add-ons).
This is almost four times the amount invested by Serie A teams (£728m) – the second biggest spenders in Europe – while Ligue 1 sides spent more in total (£640m) than their Spanish counterparts.
LaLiga teams spent a total of £624m while Bundesliga teams spent £607m.
TOP 10 BIGGEST SPENDERS (WITH ADD-ONS) FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON
- Chelsea: £489m (on 15 players)
- Manchester United: £239m (on seven players)
- West Ham: £209m (on 10 players)
- Nottingham Forest: £205m (on 18 players)
- Wolves: £179m (on 11 players)
- Barcelona: £179m (on seven players)
- Paris Saint-Germain: £168m (on seven players)
- Bayern Munich: £163m (on seven players)
- Leeds: £159m (on nine players)
- Arsenal: £152m (on six players)
According to the CIES Football Observatory. Total transfer fees were spent during the current and summer windows.