Tottenham make profit despite spending over £100m…
The Premier League table by net spend this summer:
Table courtesy of 101greatgoals.
– Two of the Premier League’s traditional big spenders, Manchester City and Chelsea, outspent every other club in the league once again. City spent huge money on Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo, while Chelsea forked out large amounts on Andre Schurrle and Willian.
– Tottenham actually spent more than any other club in the Premier League on the likes of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho, but recouped all of it with the mammoth £85m world-record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, so that they made a profit this summer.
– Southampton and Cardiff City were particularly ambitious during the transfer window. Southampton broke their transfer record to sign the Italian striker Pablo Osvaldo, but also spent big on impressive recruits Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama. Southampton’s owners will expect the club to challenge for a top-half finish, while Cardiff’s hierarchy will demand the club avoid relegation at the very least.
– Thanks to the £27.5m Marouane Fellaini transfer, Everton actually made £11m this summer, which contrasts hugely to nearly all the other clubs in the league. Newcastle made £400,000, but this was more to do with their failure to sign anyone permanently than it was to do with offloading players for big money.
– Liverpool’s business this summer looks all the more impressive when you consider their net spend was only £20m. They brought in the impressive Simon Mignolet and French stopper Mamadou Sakho among others – but recouped the money by offloading deadwood like Andy Carroll, Jonjo Shelvey and Stewart Downing.
– Hull City, Fulham, West Brom and Stoke spent carefully this summer, and will be more than content with mid-table finishes. Fulham though managed to sign both Darren bent and Adel Taarabt on loan, and could push for a top-half finish.