The Premier League Big Six’s net spend per trophy since 2012

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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta lefts the Champions League trophy after beating Manchester City, May 2021.

Chelsea and Manchester City‘s recent success is highlighted by a quick glance at their net spend per trophy over the past 10 years. 

Bankrolled by billionaire owners, Premier League clubs have been throwing money at new players in the hope it translates to results on the pitch.

Using data from Transfermarkt, we’ve looked at the net spend per trophy won for the ‘big six’ Premier League clubs since the summer of 2012.

Note: we’ve not included the Community Shield as a major trophy. Wipe those tears from your eyes, Pep and Jose.

The figures show that Chelsea are getting a good return on their investments, financed by over £1billion worth of sales but Manchester United have wasted a lot of money.

While Manchester City have the biggest net spend of any Premier League side over the last decade, they do have at least have 11 major trophies to show for it.

Trophyless Tottenham are rooted to the bottom while Liverpool have surprisingly only won two major honours over the last decade, though they are the two big ones. Arsenal’s four FA Cup triumphs have them placed somewhere in the middle.

1. Chelsea

Transfer expenditure: €1.49billion
Transfer income: €1.06billion
Net spend: €431.5million

Trophies won: 6
Net spend per trophy: €71.92million

2. Manchester City

Transfer expenditure: €1.56billion
Transfer income: €579.09million
Net spend: €979.77million

Trophies won: 11
Net spend per trophy: €89.07million

3. Arsenal

Transfer expenditure: €1.01billion
Transfer income: €395.95million
Net spend: €614.82million

Trophies won: 4
Net spend per trophy: €153.71million

4. Liverpool

Transfer expenditure: €975.66million
Transfer income: €633.17million
Net spend: €342.49million

Trophies won: 2
Net spend per trophy: €171.26million

5. Manchester United

Transfer expenditure: €1.43billion
Transfer income: €413.5million
Net spend: €1,016.13bilion

Trophies won: 4
Net spend per trophy: €254.03million

6. Tottenham 

Transfer expenditure: €848.18million
Transfer income: €614.53million
Net spend: €233.65million

Trophies won: 0
Net spend per trophy: N/A


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