Premier League is the richest football league in the world. Some clubs of the league have spent money with real freedom, while others have been a bit more pragmatic in their approach. In this article, we have ranked the Premier League clubs on net spend over the last five years.
Taking figures from transfermarkt website, here are the Premier League clubs’ net spend over the last five years.
20. Brentford [-£100k]
Brentford are one of only two clubs on the list to make a profit on transfers in the last five years. This is their second-ever Premier League season and their net spent for this season was £42.21m. Last season they finished 13th and will look to build up on that this season.
Over the last five years, their most expensive arrivals have been Keane Lewis-Potter(£17.10m) and Aaron Hickey(£14.85m) in 2022, and Kristoffer Ajer(£14.13m) in 2021. Their most expensive departure during the same timeline was Ollie Watkins(£30.60m) in 2020.
19. Bournemouth [£7.45m]
Premier League newcomer Bournemouth’s net spend over the last five years have only been £7.45m. They made a net spend of £24.21 in the last transfer window in preparation for the Premier League. Their most expensive signings over the last five years have been Jefferson Lerma(£25.20m) and Dominic Solanke(£19.1m) in 2018. The most expensive departure was of Nathan Aké(£40.77m) in 2020.
18. Leicester City [£35.5m]
It’s surprising to see Leicester so much on this list. Their net spending in the last two years have been negative, meaning they have hardly strengthened their squad and it’s starting to reflect in their performances.
Leicester’s most expensive signings in the last five seasons have been Youri Tielemans(£40.50m) in 2019, Wesley Fofana(£31.50m) in 2020, and AyozePerez(£30.06m) in 2019. Their most expensive departures during the same timeline were of Harry Maguire(£78.30m) in 2019 and Wesley Fofana (£72.26m) in 2022.
17. Brighton & Hove [£58.6m]
Brighton finished 9th in the Premier League last season and will expect to do something similar this term too. They made a net profit of £59.5m in the last transfer window following the departure of Marc Cucurella(£58.77m), Yves Bissouma(£26.28m), Neal Maupay(£10.62m) etc
Over the last five years, Brighton’s most expensive arrivals have been Enock Mwepu(£20.70m) in 2021 and Adam Webster (£20m) in 2019.
16. Crystal Palace [£72.8m]
Apparently, all £72.8m buys you these days is a string of lower, mid-table Premier League finishes. They have made a mark in English football, but the question still remains whether they are moving in the forward direction, or backward direction, or whether they are just stagnant. To become more lethal, Palace needs to spend some money and look for a place in European competitions.
Their most expensive arrivals in the last five seasons have been Marc Guehi(£21.00m) in 2021 and Eberechi Eze(£16.02m) in 2020
15. Leeds United [£127.5m]
Club owner Andrea Radrizzani have turned the fortunes of the club, that too without breaking the bank. They are now in their third consecutive Premier League season. In the last five years, Leeds’s most expensive signings have been Brenden Aaronson(£29.56m) in 2022, Rodrigo(£27.00m) in 2020, and Daniel James (£26.19m) in 2021.
14. Southampton [£123.7m]
Southampton are a decent mid-table club. They have a good owner with sound management. Over the last five years, their most expensive arrivals have been Danny Ings(£22.59m) in 2019, and Jannik Vestergaard (£22.5m) in 2018. Southampton’s most expensive player departure in the same period was Danny Ings(£26.48m) to Aston Villa in 2022.