Cash was king in the Premier League last summer. Financial concerns after corona? Those have long been forgotten about the channel thanks to the lucrative TV contract.
English first division players have spent no less than 2.20 billion in recent months. That is more than the previous record from 2017 of 1.66 billion. The five most greedy clubs (worldwide) all came from the Premier League. Their names: Chelsea, United, West Ham, Spurs and Nottingham Forest.
Compared to the many expenses in the Premier League, there was “barely” 884 million euros in income, which means that the balance sheet shows a loss of 1.3 billion.
Other G5 leagues can post much better numbers. The 20 Premier League clubs paid even more than the German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A clubs combined.
The accounts in the Ligue 1 and Bundesliga even turn green.
In Spain (-52.4 million) and Italy (-3.9 million) there was a limited difference between income and expenditure.
In La Liga – which strictly monitors the financial transactions of the clubs – this was mainly due to creative figures in the FC Barcelona offices. Despite the huge mountain of debt on which Camp Nou is located, there was a further loss of 165 million.
EuroMillions jackpot for many midfield clubs. Because what stands out when we look at who received the most money this summer? There is only one absolute top club with Manchester City.
And not yet in the lead, because Ajax cashed no less than 216 million. Mainly thanks to the double sale of Antony and Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United. In addition, Sébastien Haller (31 million to Dortmund) and Ryan Gravenberch (18.5 million to Bayern) also left for considerable sums.
Two Portuguese talent factories also did remarkably well: Benfica and Sporting. AS Monaco owes its fifth place mainly to the sale of Aurélien Tchouameni.
Do you remember Neymar’s 222 million?
In most mercato’s there is that one monster transfer. 180 million for Kylian Mbappe, 117 million for Jack Grealish…
Well, now no one went above the gold mark of a hundred million. The transfer from Antony to United is just not coming with 95 million. This has only happened once in the past 7 years. Not coincidentally in the corona summer of 2020.
The striking second in the row is defender Wesley Fofana, who left for Chelsea for a sloppy 80.4 million. Aurélien Tchouameni completes the podium after Real Madrid bought him from Monaco for 80 million.
Do you miss Erling Haaland in this list? The goal machine cost City – due to a clause in his contract with Dortmund – only 60 million euros.
Many Red Devils who were allowed to bring out the moving boxes. And striking: especially many young Belgians made a particularly lucrative transfer.
In this mercato, 8 compatriots made a switch that involved a minimum of 10 million euros. Only in 2019 did more Belgians switch clubs for that reference amount – it was the crazy summer of Hazard (to Real) and Lukaku (to Inter).
Both were established values in top European football at the time. In the list below, it is strikingly often about rough diamonds with potential.
*Figures are updated to midnight and come from transfermarkt.com