So far this is a transfer window unlike any other.


By Sir Hardly Anyone

As we know, thus far the transfer window has been more like a one way mirror for Arsenal with no one incoming with four players released (meaning the contract was not renewed) and one given a free transfer.  

The one well-known player to go of course is Mo Elneny who was released and who is reported as saying that the departure, “breaks my heart”.   Also out but for the opposite reason (turning down a new contract offer rather than having no contract offered) are Amario Cozier-Duberry and Reuell Walters.  Walters “was a regular on the substitutes’ bench last season but departs for pastures new,”

Goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo has gone to promoted Wrexham where he was on loan and gave the club 16 clean sheets last season as they gained promotion from League Two to League One .

Cédric Soares has been at Arsenal since 2020 and only played 64 games and is now a free agent.  

Against this list of departures, there are no confirmed signings for the men’s team so far, so I wondered how this compared with other clubs.

The balance given on Transfermarkt ranges from £47m profit for Newcastle to a £58m loss, although it must be noted that figures vary depending on which source is used.   But either way we find that really very little is happening.   FFP it seems is starting to have an effect.

Aston Villa have signed five players for fees ranging from £5m to £37.5m and let four go, each for a fee, giving them a current overall profit of £2.8m (in the traditional sense of profit – that is buy something for £35, sell it for £45 you have £10 profit, without taking into account any writing down of the value of the item over a period).

Bournemouth have three players in and two out and have a spending deficit of £36m,  and Brentford have a similar approach leaving them with a deficit of -£30.

Compared to these Brighton look like big spenders having bought Yankuba Minteh from Newcastle for £33m and and Ibrahim Osman from  Nordsjælland for £16m.  One player has left on a free leaving them with a £49m deficit.

All that looks fairly stable, but then we come to Chelsea who have, as is their wont, year after year, brought five players in for a total of £54m but this time have let go seven for a total of £87m, although for two players going to lower league clubs we have no figure disclosed.   So in keeping with their need to get the FFP figures sorted they are currently on a profit this window of £33.4m.

Crystal Palace have two in and three out leaving them with a £12m deficit while Everton are trying to repair the holes in their budget and have thus far made a profit of £10m despite buying Tim Iroegbunam for £9m.

Fulham have bought and sold no one for any fee, and Ipswich have so far prepared for the top league with just one purchase of Omari Hutchinson for £22m.

Leicester are one of the bigger spenders having bought Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall for £30m and sold Abdul Fatawu for £17m leaving a profit of £30m which they will need, in order to continue their argument that there is no FFP hole.

Liverpool have brought no one and released three players, and Manchester City are showing a profit having also bought no one but sold Taylor Harwood-Bellis for £20m and Tommy Doyle for £4.3m.

Manchester United are currently on a £5.1m profit having sold Álvaro Carreras, while Newcastle are dealing with the threat against them of FFP action by having made a £40m profit from the sale of Elliot Anderson and Yankuba Minteh while their one paid-for purchase is Lewis Hall from Chelsea.

Nottingham Forest are down £17.9m which is perhaps surprising given their points penalty, largely because they bought Elliot Anderson from Newcastle, and their only major sale has been Orel Mangala to Lyon.

Promoted Southampton have been cautious buying Taylor Harwood-Bellis for £20m from Manchester City and selling Romain Perraud for £3m.  Tottenham have bought Archie Gray from Leeds but have lost six players giving them an overall deficit of £20.5m

West Ham are £3.5m in profit with Luis Guilherme coming in from Palmeiras and Saïd Benrahma, Thilo Kehrer and Nathan Trott among the six players leaving.

Wolverhampton are £25m down however having sold no one but bought in three players each for under £13m.

Figures are of course often variable from one source to another.   But even so, not much is happening.   Transfermarkt for example has six clubs in profit (top of the league being Newcastle) and ten in deficit (bottom of that table being Brighton).  Aston Villa have spent the most. and Chelsea and Newcastle (both of whom have FFP issues) have received the most.

Indeed the 16 departures all told from Nottingham Forest gives a clue to just how much of a shake-up is going on.



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