Premier League is the richest football league in the world. Clubs in this league don’t shy to spend loads of money on their players. In this article, we have the Premier League clubs ranked by net spend for the last five years.
Some have spent money will real freedom, while others have been a little bit more pragmatic and countered their spending by offloading players for substantial sums in order to fund their sprees in a more sustainable manner.
Here are the 20 Premier League clubs ranked by net spend for the last five years.
20. Brentford [€-56.02m]
Brentford are one of only two clubs on the list to make a profit on transfers in the last five years. This is their first-ever Premier League season and their net spent for this season was €37.20m. In the four seasons prior to that, they have always made a profit on transfers.
Over the last five years, their most expensive arrivals have been Kristoffer Ajer(€15.70m), Yoane Wissa(€10.00m), Frank Onyeka(€10.00m), all in 2021. Their most expensive departure during the same timeline was Ollie Watkins(€34.00m) in 2020.
19. Norwich City [€-47.02m]
Norwich City is the second club with green numbers over the last five years. Only in two of the last five seasons, Norwich had expenditures more than the income. In the 2021 summer transfer window, they spent €27.75m, which is their highest net spend in the last five years.
Norwich’s most expensive signings during this period were Christos Tzolis(€11.00m), Milot Rashica(€11.00m) and Josh Sargent(€9.50m), all in 2021. The most expensive departure from the club was Emiliano Buendía(€38.40m), also in 2021.
18. Watford [€11.37m]
Watford’s net spend in the last five years is just €11.37m. Needless to say, they need to spend a lot more if they are to be a permanent figure in the Premier League. The Hornets invest in talented players instead of big names which don’t always work, as evident by their relegation in the 2019 season.
Watford record signings during the last five years were Ismaïla Sarr(€30.00m) in 2019, Andre Gray(€20.40m) in 2017 and Gerard Deulofeu(€13.00m) in 2018, among others. Richarlison(€39.20m) was the most expensive departure from Watford in 2018.
17. Southampton [€26.98m]
Southampton are a decent mid-table club. They have a good owner with sound management. Letting go of Danny Ings was a questionable decision though, considering how he was their main goal scorer.
Over the last five years, their most expensive arrivals have been Danny Ings(€25.10m) in 2019, Jannik Vestergaard (€25m) in 2018 and Guido Carrillo(€22.00m) in 2017. Southampton’s most expensive player departure’s in the same period was Virgil van Dijk (€84.65m) in 2017.
16. Burnley [€42.44m]
Alan Pace only recently took over as the new owner of Burnley FC. However, with what he has spoken so far, we could expect better things from the Burnley side. Pace promises to have a unique approach to run the football club and it will be interesting to see how things fair under his ownership.
In the last five years, Burnley have signed Ben Gibson(€16.90m) in 2018, Chris Wood(€16.40m) in 2017, Maxwel Cornet(€15.00m) in 2021, among others.
15. Crystal Palace [€85.51m]
Apparently, all €85.51m 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, 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 Mamadou Sakho(€28.20m) in 2017, Marc Guehi(€23.34m) in 2021 and Eberechi Eze(€17.80m) in 2020, among others.
14. Newcastle United [€139.37m]
Newcastle United is one of the biggest underachievers in English football. The club has a huge fanbase, great stadium, but lack of proper investment and management has resulted in mediocre performance by the club. The club was a title challenger in the late 90s but things went wrong ever since.
In the last five years, Newcastle’s record arrivals have been Joelinton(€44.00m) in 2019, Joe Willock(€29.40m) in 2021, Miguel Almirón (€24.00m) in 2018 and Callum Wilson(€22.25m) in 2020.
13. Leicester City [€136.17m]
Leicester have done enough to be called one of the top clubs in England. Last season, they won the FA Cup beating Chelsea in the final. They have been consistently finishing in the top six of the Premier League for the past few seasons. Leicester City is managing to challenge at the top of the Premier League despite a significantly lower net spend on transfers.
Leicester’s most expensive signings in the last five seasons have been Youri Tielemans(€45.00m) in 2019, Wesley Fofana(€45.00m) in 2020, and AyozePerez(€33.40m) in 2019.