Premier League club's net spend in summer 2022: A Revisit

Now that the January transfer window has rolled around, attention has turned back to signings in the Premier League.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Now that the January transfer window has rolled around, attention has turned back to signings in the Premier League. So much has happened these past few months that it's already easy to forget which clubs already spent a ton in the summer and which could afford to push the boat out a little more in the mid-season transfer window.

It's no surprise that the usual suspects in the 'big six' – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea – dominated in terms of paying big-money fees in the summer of 2022.

The likes of Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez, Casemiro, Antony, Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison moved to or between English football's biggest clubs for considerable dosh in the Premier League.

But there was quite a discrepancy between how the clubs at the top approached the market.

Chelsea, with new president Todd Boehly at the helm, made a number of eye-catching moves and spent more than any other side in Europe with an outlay to the tune of £251million. The likes of Timo Werner, Emerson and Billy Gilmour were sold for fees, but the Blues only recouped a fraction of what they spent and were the highest net spenders.

Manchester United aren't far behind, having also spent north of £200million on backing Erik ten Hag in a bid to give the new boss a squad capable of getting back into the Champions League. The only money they made back was through the sale of forgotten man Andreas Pereira for a low fee to Fulham.

West Ham and newly-promoted splurgers Nottingham Forest are surprise inclusions in the top five, with newly-minted Newcastle United – who failed to offload a single player for a transfer fee – ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham, who each ambitiously spent over £100million.

Liverpool spent big on new striker Nunez, but their net spend was negligible, having brought in almost as much on the sales of Sadio Mane, Neco Williams, Takumi Minamino, Ben Davies and Marko Grujic.

The champions Manchester City, meanwhile, were one of three clubs – alongside Brighton and Leicester City – to turn a profit. It was a busy summer rebuild for Pep Guardiola, with over £100million spent on Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Manuel Akanji and Sergio Gomez, but considerably more recouped on selling Jesus, Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko to their big-six rivals – plus a handful of highly-rated youngsters to Southampton.

Using data from Transfermarkt, we've ranked all 20 current Premier League clubs by their net spend during the 2022 summer transfer window.

1. Chelsea

Expenditure – £251.09million

Income – £44.37million

Net Spend – -£205.72million

2. Manchester United

Expenditure – £214.22million

Income – £8.55million

Net Spend – -£205.67million

3. West Ham United

Expenditure – £163.8million

Income – £16.02million

Net Spend – -£147.78million

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4. Nottingham Forest

Expenditure – £141.26million

Income – £6.03million

Net Spend – £134.96million

5. Newcastle United

Expenditure – £122.40million

Income – £0.00

Net Spend – -£122.40million

6. Tottenham

Expenditure – £152.91million

Income – £34.43million

Net Spend – £118.49million

7. Arsenal

Expenditure – £118.86million

Income – £21.42million

Net Spend – -£97.44million

8. Wolves

Expenditure – £122.94million

Income – £51.39million

Net Spend – £71.55million

9. Southampton

Expenditure – £66.06million

Income – £0.00

Net Spend – -£66.06million

10. Brentford

Expenditure – £45.45million

Income – £3.24million

Net Spend – -£42.21million

11. Fulham

Expenditure – £55.26million

Income – £18.81million

Net Spend – -£36.45million

12. Crystal Palace

Expenditure – £31.14million

Income – £4.91million

Net Spend – -£26.23million

13. Aston Villa

Expenditure – £62.55million

Income – £37.8million

Net Spend – -£24.75million

14. Everton

Expenditure – £76.68million

Income – £52.20million

Net Spend – -£24.48million

15. Bournemouth

Expenditure – £24.21million

Income – £0.00

Net Spend – -£24.21million

16. Liverpool

Expenditure – £77.22million

Income – £72.63million

Net Spend – -£4.59million

17. Leeds United

Expenditure – £99.13million

Income – £97.38million

Net Spend – -£1.75million

18. Manchester City

Expenditure – £122.55million

Income – £143.9million

Net Spend – +£18.36million

19. Leicester City

Expenditure – £15.30million

Income – £73.26million

Net Spend – +£57.96million

20. Brighton & Hove Albion

Expenditure – £43.02million

Income – £102.51million

Net Spend – +£59.49million

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