Just 50 days to go: which clubs are spending, which are selling?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The last day of buying for PL clubs is August 9 and the last day of selling is August 31 as usual.  Which means that there are 50 days to go.

So far the spending of the top six PL clubs from last season, according to figures published by the Guardian, are

  • Liverpool £92.8m
  • Man United: £62.7m
  • Arsenal: £46.2m
  • Chelsea: Nil
  • Manchester City: Nil
  • Tottenham Hotspur: Nil

Here’s the list of last season’s top six teams.

Club In Cost Out Income Loaned out
Arsenal Lucas Torreira £26.4m Santi Cazorla Released Takuma Asano
Stephan Lichtsteiner Nil Jack Wilshere Released
Bernd Leno £19.2m
Liverpool Naby Keïta £52.8m Emre Can Nil Ovie Ejaria
Fabinho £40m Yan Dhanda Unknown
Jordan Williams Released
Jon Flanagan Nil
Man City Yaya Toure Released
Pablo Maffeo Unknown
Will Patching Released
Olarenwaju Kayode £2.6m
Angeliño £5m
Man United Fred £43.7m Joe Riley Unknown Dean Henderson
Diogo Dalot £19m
Tottenham Hots Keanan Bennetts £2m


The purpose of the table below is to compare the net inflow and outflow of funds; in what follows the money received is taken away from the money brought in from sales.  Clubs from Tottenham down have received more than they have spent.

This by no means a complete chart: I have tried to include all clubs with a £20m profit or loss thus far, and then added a few other totals from the larger clubs around Europe.

  1. Liverpool -£92.8m
  2. Manchester United -£62.7m
  3. Atletico Madrid: -£54.5m
  4. Juventus -£42.7m
  5. Manchester United -£62.7m
  6. Arsenal -£46.5m
  7. Leicester City -£26m
  8. Villareal -£33.9m
  9. Real Madrid -£38.2m
  10. West Ham United -£29m
  11. Huddersfield Town -£23.2m
  12. Borussia Dortmund: -£22.4m
  13. Valencia -£22.1m
  14. Napoli £-20.2m
  15. Wolverhampton Wanderers: -£20m
  16. Roma -£18.4m
  17. Bayer Leverkusen: -£13.2m
  18. AC Milan: -£4.7m

  • Chelsea: £0


  • Tottenham Hotspur: +£2m
  • Inter Milan: +£2.6m
  • Manchester City: +£7.6m
  • PSG: +£9m
  • Barcelona: +£11.5m
  • Sampdoria: +£19.4m
  • Lyon +£21m
  • Bologna: £+22m
  • Touslouse £+22m
  • RP Leipzig +£26.8m
  • Bayern Munich: +£35.2m
  • Monaco: +£93.5m

Monaco is the ultimate selling club, largely because of its very small crowds.  It has spent £16m on new players but sold Fabinho for £40m, Terence Kongolo for £17.5m, and Thomas Lemar to Atlético Madrid £52.7m.

So the figure includes no adjustment for Mbappé loaned to PSG and supposedly now to be sold for a fee of £166.4m.   Maybe that transfer was counted in last year’s figures.  If not PSG are going to have a spot of bother since they are already over budget when it comes to FFP rules.

5 Replies to “ Just 50 days to go: which clubs are spending, which are selling?”

  1. The same Lemar we wanted to pay £90 million for last season? I’m glad he turned us down as he does not look to be quite as good as initially thought. I think he falls into the category of players that are rated above their potential when in a good team

  2. Will Arsenal spendings on acquiring Lucas Torreira and Benrd Leno this summer not be £45.6m total spent on the 2 players if the £26.4m spent on Torreira and the £19.2m spent on Leno according to this posting is added together? And it could potentially reached £61.6m by the time Arsenal sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a reported £16m incoming transfer fee cost.

    Nonetheless, with Arsenal spendings on 3 incomings this summer window about to reach £61.6m by the time they announce their signing of Papastathopoulos, Arsenal spendings this summer will by £11.6m overshot the reported £50m said to be available in the club’s transfer Kitty to do incoming transfer business this summer. And this means Arsenal transfer Kitty this summer is not £50m after all but could be £70m according to another version of the media reports. Thus, Arsenal will have £8.4m left in their summer transfer Kitty to get in another body into the club by August 9th deadline for buying who could be another experienced centreback signing or a striker but if they sell one player. But I can’t see who is the defender they might want to sell among the 8 defenders who will be at the club when the new season kicks off. Probably it could be a striker they will sell to sign another striker.

    The impatient Jack Wilshere has said he’ll leave Arsenal this summer for football reason. But if I were him, I will sign the deal on the table despite at the reduced wage earning offer to him to remain at the club. And prove his is Jack Wilshere who never give up. For, in football, nothing is a sure banker. Situation can suddenly changed for the better for him out of blue that will see him starting regularly for Arsenal under Unai Emeri, the new Gunners boss. Therefore, let Jack Wilshere renege on his stance today to quite Arsenal this summer but stay there to fight for a regular starting place in Emeri’s starting team.

  3. That might have happened Blue. I am taking the figures directly from the Guardian. But Wikipedia says this

    On 28 August 2017, it was announced that a deal had been agreed with RB Leipzig for Keita to join Liverpool on 1 July 2018 after Liverpool triggered his £48 million release clause in addition to paying an undisclosed premium, so I think the payment came this summer.

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