Saturday 16 December 2017

Revealed: Liverpool fans will not be impressed by their club's net spend this summer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Three Premier League clubs finished the most lavish transfer window of all-time in profit on their player trading, with Liverpool confirmed as one of the lowest net spenders among England’s mega-rich elite clubs.

It will come as little surprise that the Manchester giants were the biggest spenders in this summer’s transfer window, with the final outlay for each English top-flight club making for intriguing reading.

City’s massive summer of spending included deals for Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, with their transfer deadline days loan deals to offload Wilfried Bony, Joe Hart, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala relieving some pressure on their wage bill.

Meanwhile, United seals the world record transfer of Paul Pogba, as well as deals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but they failed in attempts to get high earners Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones off the payroll.

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Yet some of the figures from the finalised list of Premier League movers make for startling reading, with Liverpool spending just £500,000 in transfer fees when their imcomings and outgoings are weighed up. That figure will have been swallowed up by their success in getting Mario Balotelli off their wage bill following his free transfer to Nice on deadline day.

Everton’s vow to spend big in this transfer window came up short when they failed in a late bid to sign Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, with the £50m sale of Stones to Man City resulting in a net profit on their transfer spending that may not would not have been on the agenda for new boss Ronald Koeman when he moved to Goodison Park ahead of the new season.

Koeman’s old club Southampton also displayed limited ambition in the transfer window, with the sale of Sadio Mane to Liverpool and the departure of Victor Wanyama to Tottenham resulting in a net profit on transfers of around £20m.

Here are the final figures from a summer transfer window that saw Premier League clubs spend an estimated £1.175billion on player transactions.

Man City – Spent: £179m (incoming: £18m) – Net = -£161m

Man United – Spent: £139m; (incoming: £5.6m) – Net = -£133.4m

Arsenal – Spent: £95m (incoming: £6.8m) – Net = -£88m

Chelsea – Spent: £119m (incoming: £34.5m) – Net = -£84.5m

West Ham – Spent: £52.5m (incoming: £9.8m) – Net = -£42.7m

Tottenham – Spent: £69.5m (incoming: £35m) – Net = -£34m

Watford – Spent: £56.6m (incoming: £25m) – Net = -£31.6

Burnley - Spent: £20.7m (incoming: £0) – Net = -£20.7m

Sunderland – Spent: £26.8m (incoming: £6.3m) – Net = -£20.5m

Stoke City – Spent: £19.4m (incoming: £1.9m) – Net = -£17.5m

Leicester City – Spent: £62.6m (incoming: £44.8) – Net = -£17.4m

Middlesbrough – Spent: £21m (incoming: £4.9m) – Net = -£16.1m

Bournemouth – Spent: £32.7m (incoming: £17.8m) – Net = -£14.9m

West Brom – Spent: £22.3m (incoming: £8.9m) – Net = -£13.4m

Hull City – Spent: £17.2m (incoming: £4.5m) – Net = -£13m

Crystal Palace – Spent: £50m (incoming: £42.2) – Net = -£8m

Liverpool – Spent: £67.2m (incoming: £66.7m) – Net = -£0.5m

Everton  – Spent: £45.6m (incoming: £46.8m) – Net = +£1.2m

Swansea City – Spent: £31.8m (incoming: £40.9m) – Net = +£9.1m

Southampton – Spent: £43.7m (incoming: £63.8m) – Net = +£20.1m

Figures based on reported transfer fees, with most clubs now listing deals as ‘undisclosed fee’.

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