By Tony Attwood
In the table below I’ve collected the amount of money spent on transfers less the amount received on player sales, and then looked at the number of major trophies each club has got.
Of course, there can be arguments about what a major trophy is – does it include the league cup for example?
I have chosen to include the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup as trophies – and then done a second table taking the league cup out of the equation, so you can see it both ways.
Net transfer spending since the summer 2012 to summer 2021 windows, is reported in millions of euros (€ Million) for the ten clubs that have spent the most on transfers. (I have ended at summer 2021 rather than summer 2022 since obviously, we have yet to see the effect of summer 2022 spending on these clubs).
To be quite clear this figure is the net spend (money spent less money received from sales) and is taken from the Football Observatory figures, which are generally accepted as being the most reliable across Europe.
|Club||Net spend on transfers||Trophies since 2012||Net spend per trophy|
|Man United||€1075m||PL (1) FAC (1) Lge Cup (1) Europa (1)||€268.47m|
|Man City||€984m||PL (5) FAC (1) Lg Cup (6)||€82m|
|Chelsea||€413m||PL (2) FAC (1), Lge Cup (1) Champs Lge (1)||€82.6m|
|Liverpool||€347m||PL (1) Champs Lge (1) FA Cup (1), Lge Cup (1)||€86.75m|
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