Comparing Man Utd’s profit from player sales with the rest of the ‘big six’

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While Manchester United‘s recruitment has come under scrutiny, they have also struggled to make profits through player sales. 

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has a poor record in the transfer market, regularly selling players for less than they were bought for during his time at Old Trafford.

Football finance blogger Kieron O’Connor (AKA Swiss Ramble) has looked at their profit on player sales over the last five years and compared then with other Premier League clubs.

– United made £69million profit through player sales between 2014 and 2019 before earning an additional £18million in 2020.

– The Red Devils are the only ‘big six’ team who have failed to make a combined profit on player sales in any of the last five years, making a £10million loss in 2015-16.

– Chelsea have made big profits on players like Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in recent years, helping to generate a combined total of £332million.

Liverpool have become renowned for selling players for more than their value, making more than four times what United made between 2014 and 2019.

– Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has lived up to his reputation as a tough negotiator, helping the club make a combined £172million profit on player sales.

– Arsenal are regularly criticised for their dealings in transfer windows but they’ve still made over £100million more than United in the same period.

– After spending hundreds of millions on new defenders in recent years, Manchester City have recouped some of that money by making a £147million profit on player sales.


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