All the purchases so far: who has done the most business?

By Tony Attwood

The league table of players bought and the money paid has changed quite a lot in the past week as the top five for numbers of players and money spent shows:

Pos Club Money Spent Number of players
1 Manchester City £172m 4
2 Manchester Utd £106m 2
3 Everton £86 10
4 Chelsea £68.7 4
5 Arsenal £46 2

Arsenal’s figure and that of Everton are depressed because one of Arsenal’s two signings came as a free because of the end of the contract.   Chelsea have their amount paid reduced because one player is a youth team player who has come on compensation (typically well under £1m) and one as a free agent (meaning of course that he has been released by his last club.)

Liverpool have taken on a released player as well, and as for Everton, half of their ten signings cannot be accounted for financially for one reason or another.

Here’s the updated table…

Club Player  From Date Fee Total £
Arsenal Alexandre Lacazett Lyon July £46m £46m
Sead Kolasinac Schalke June End of contract
Chelsea Antonio Rüdiger Roma June £29m £68.7m
Ethan Ampadu
Exeter July Compensation
Willey Cabeleero
Free agent July £0
Tiémoué Bakayoko Monaco July £39.7m
 Man C  Bernardo Silva Monaco July £43.6  £172.10
 Kyle Walker  Tottenham July £50m
Ederson Benfica June £34.9m
  Bernardo Silva Monaco May £43.6m
Man U Victor Lindelof Benfica June £31m £106m
Romelu Lukaku Everton July £75m
Liverpool Mohamed Salah Roma June £36.9m £36.9m
  Dominic Solanke Chelsea May Released
Tottenham £0
Everton Michael Keene Burnley July £25m £86m
Josh Bowler QPR July Unknown
Sandro Ramírez Malaga July £5.3m
Henry Onyekuru Lupen June £7m*
Nathangelo Markelo FC Volendam June Unknown
Davy Klaassen Ajax June £23.7m
Jordan Pickford Sunderland June £25m
Boris Mathis Metz July Unknown
Josh Bowler QPR July Unknown
Wayne Rooney Man U July Free?
Southampton Jan Bednarek Lech Poznan July £5.7m £5.7m
Bournemouth Asmir Begovic Chelsea May £30m £50m
Nathan Aké Chelsea June £20m
Jermain Defoe Sunderland June Free
Connor Mahoney Blackburn July Released
West Brom Yuning Zhang Vitesse Arnhem July Undisclosed £12m
Ben Pierce Free Agent July Free
Jay Rodriguez Southampton July £12m

*Player purchased then loaned out.

Tottenham will presumably now start spending money, given that they have sold the player who knocked up the 7th most minutes on the pitch for them in the past season, and thus might be deemed to have had some value to the club.

But what we don’t know, and I think it would be tough to work out ahead of the season itself, is how many players each club has who are ready to step up from the youth team.

For Arsenal we’ve often talked about the number of players in the squad who have come up from the youth team (and I would include Bellerin in such counting, since he came into the youth set up first at a time when Barcelona couldn’t be bothered to continue his education and development).  Add in Coquelin and Iwobi, the Ox, Theo, Martinez… that I suspect is in itself a bigger list than most PL teams have – but I would love someone to do the research for me.

Now looking at the current crop we find Maitland-Niles, Bielik, Bramall, Willock, Nelson, Nketiah, Holding, Chambers, Reine-Adelaide.

So I am not trying to say that all of these guys will make it, nor indeed that other clubs don’t have youngsters coming through the ranks, but the failure over the years of Chelsea to find another John Terry has made me wonder if this ability to bring through youth players should not be counted when we look at transfers.  Is it not a fundamental part of Arsenal?

After all, we don’t need another right back because we have Bellerin.   We don’t need another wing back come central midfielder come winger because we have the Ox.   And I know Theo has been reduced to a squad player, but let us not forget that last season he played in 24 league games and scored 10 goals, which is not a bad return for the money.  Include the Champions League and the FA Cup and it was 19 goals in 33 games.   No wonder the talk is of £30m for the player.

So just as I thought, in starting this column, that buying quickly was neither here nor here, so I am not sure that the number of transfers nor the amount of money paid are quite as indicative as we might think.  But I will keep on tracking these ten clubs (the top ten from last season) through the transfer window just to see what turns up.

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9 Replies to “All the purchases so far: who has done the most business?”

  1. Maybe ManCity should try to pick up another 9 Bernardo Silva’s? Then they could field an entire team of him. 🙂

  2. So, since Bernardo Silva has been counted twice, then, it’s roughly around £130m Man City have so far spent on their incoming transfers this summer. We don’t know exactly how much the Man City owner has approved for Pep Guardiola to do his incoming transfer business this summer. But it’s could likely be in the region of £200m that has been approved for him to spend.

    If my takes of speculation of £200 approval turned out to be so, then, haven spent £130m out of it, Man City still have the financial muscles of £70m remain to do other bidding for signings this window. And it could be Alexis they may next bid for his transfer to them if the rumour about this transfer that is widely circulating in the media is to be believed. More so, if Man City sell to recoup which will make them to have more financial muscles to increase their bidding for Alexis to £80m before Arsenal may consider selling him as widely opined in the media.

    Consequently, Arsenal may lose Alexis to Man City this summer should the transfer financial muscles Man City decide to submit a bid to Arsenal to have him transferred to them. An out going Arsenal transfer bid which if they refuse to accept it could see them loss a colossal big accrued amount of transfer money in a window. Save, if Alexis in his recent anti staying comments as being reported in the media change his mind and extends his contract at Arsenal beyond next season’s campaign, Arsenal may lose him.

    Can Arsenal play it save by not putting all their hopes on keeping Alexis beyond next season, and not to by then lose him on the free if he continues refusing to renew his staying at Arsenal? But take a proactive should in case action in advance to start looking for a suitable replacement for him who will be as good as he is or better during this window.

  3. @ Menace

    Quite right, it is shameful. But let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter what we achieve people will always find a way of downgrading it……..we’re the Arsenal

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