By Tony Attwood
The activity figures are looking a bit more usual, but only a bit. As we shall see there are certain imbalances in spending which are different from anything we have seen before.
Here is the chart for the top six clubs using such data as we can find across the media.
|Arsenal||Lucas Torreira||£26.4m||Santi Cazorla||Released||Takuma Asano|
|Stephan Lichtsteiner||Nil||Jack Wilshere||Released|
|Chelsea||Harvey St Clair||Released||Nathan Baxter|
|Jordon Houghton||Released||Reece James|
|Jonathan Panzo||Undisclosed||Trevoh Chalobah|
|Liverpool||Naby Keïta||£52.8m||Emre Can||Nil||Ovie Ejaria|
|Fabinho||£40m||Yan Dhanda||Unknown||Adam Bogdan|
|Man City||Riyad Mahrez||£60m||Yaya Toure||Released||Anthony Cáceres|
|Pablo Maffeo||£8.1m||Ashley Smith-Brown|
|Will Patching||Released||Pablo Marí|
|Olarenwaju Kayode||£2.6m||Manu Garcia|
|Man United||Fred||£43.7m||Joe Riley||Unknown||Dean Henderson|
|Diogo Dalot||£19m||Sam Johnstone||£6.5m|
|Tottenham H||Keanan Bennetts||£2m|
Thus the PL top six clubs divide into two groups – those spending money and those having no activity or a slight profit through virtually no activity.
Net expenditure clubs
- Liverpool £92.8m
- Arsenal: £69.7m
- Manchester United £57.7m
- Manchester City £34.3m
No activity and Net income clubs
- Tottenham: £2m
- Chelsea £0
The behaviour of Tottenham and Chelsea can be explained for different reasons – but both look odd. Tottenham had a very successful season by their standards last time around, but now they have the costs of the stadium to start paying back, and so it is not surprising that they have not spend anything. But whether that will be enough to see matters through for the coming year for them, is hard to say.
Chelsea have an owner who has just cancelled their stadium project and there is uncertainty about their manager. Maybe as and when a new manager pops along matters will be resolved.
Latest expenditure figures by league (not taking sales into account)
Taking figures from the Guardian we can see how each league is doing in terms of expenditure.
- Premier League: £610m
- Serie A: £669.6m
- Ligue 1: £542.8m
- Bundesliga: £461m
- La Liga: £596.3m
Whereas in the past the PL has exceeded the other leagues by quite a margin, at the moment everything is much closer together with Serie A in the lead and the Budesliga slipping further behind.
Another way of looking at matters is through comparing the activity of last season’s (and more than likely this coming season’s) top clubs:
- Kylian Mbappé; Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain. £159.3m*
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid to Juventus. £88.5m
- Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City to Manchester City. £60m
- Naby Keïta, RB Leipzig to Liverpool. £52.8m
- Thomas Lemar, Monaco to Atlético Madrid. £52.7m
- Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United. £43.7m
- Vinícius Júnior, Flamengo to Real Madrid. £40.2m
- Fabinho, Monaco to Liverpool, £40m.
- João Cancelo, Valencia to Juventus. £35.5m
- Arthur. Grêmio to Barcelona. £35.5m
*This of course was a transfer that was undertaken last year but through a fiddling of the books left over to this year to avoid FFP. It was in fact the transfer that brought FFP into total disrepute in Europe.
However when we look at the top 10 for the Premier League we see Arsenal is the only team with three transfers in that top ten. Not a position we are used to.
- Riyad Mahrez. Leicester City to Manchester City. £60m
- Naby Keïta. RB Leipzig to Liverpool. £52.8m
- Fred. Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United. £43.7m
- Fabinho. Monaco to Liverpool. £40m
- Lucas Torreira. Sampdoria to Arsenal. £26.5m
- James Maddison. Norwich City to Leicester City. £24m
- Issa Diop. Toulouse to West Ham United. £22m
- Bernd Leno. Bayer Leverkusen to Arsenal £19.2m
- Diogo Dalot. Porto to Manchester United. £19m
- Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal. £17.7m
Finally we can have a look at the spending of the highly sponsored or highly profitable clubs…
- Juventus -£178m
- PSG -£103.5m
- Atletico Madrid -£38.3m
- Barcelona -£24m
- Real Madrid +£10.5m
- Bayern Munich +£35.2m
It may well be of course that some very big deals will go through once the WC is flushed out. We shall see.