January 27 – Chelsea have spent more than double the amount of next biggest spending club Manchester United in the last two transfer windows.
The figures compiled by the CIES Football Observatory show that Chelsea have paid out €555 million (including add-ons) to buy 15 players. Manchester United have paid €272 million for 7 players.
The top five clubs in the ranking are all from the English Premier League. West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers complete the top of the list while 19 Premier League teams are in the top 50. Leicester City are the only club outside the top 50, at 51st position.
Cash-strapped Barcelona spent more than cash-rich Paris St Germain, while AFC Ajax head the list of clubs outside of Europe’s big-5 leagues. Brazilian giants Flamengo are the only non-European team in the top 50.
“Per league, the English top division is far above any other championship with a staggering €3.19 billion total fee expenditure. This is almost four times more than the amount invested by the teams in the second biggest spending league: the Italian Serie A (€826 million). The French Ligue 1 (€726 million) completes the podium ahead of the Spanish Liga (€708 million) and the German Bundesliga (€689 million). The sixth ranked competition, the Dutch Eredivisie, is at a much lower level (€228 million),” highlight the report authors.
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