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

Quick Reads
Chelsea players parade the Club World Cup trophy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 2022.

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 almost £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 three major honours over the last decade, though that can soon change. Arsenal’s four FA Cup triumphs have them placed somewhere in the middle.

1. Chelsea

Transfer expenditure: £1.34billion
Transfer income: £999.5million
Net spend: £340.5million

Trophies won: 8
Net spend per trophy: £42.56million

2. Manchester City

Transfer expenditure: £1.41billion
Transfer income: £521.1million
Net spend: £888.9million

Trophies won: 11
Net spend per trophy: £80.81million

3. Liverpool

Transfer expenditure: £918.6million
Transfer income: £569.9million
Net spend: £348.7million

Trophies won: 3
Net spend per trophy: £116.23million

4. Arsenal

Transfer expenditure: £909.9million
Transfer income: £354.6million
Net spend: £555.3million

Trophies won: 4
Net spend per trophy: £138.83million

5. Manchester United

Transfer expenditure: £1.29billion
Transfer income: £372.2million
Net spend: £917.8million

Trophies won: 4
Net spend per trophy: £229.45million

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates with the trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League Final in Stockholm, 24 May 2017

READ: Where are they now? The last Man Utd team to win a trophy in 2017

6. Tottenham 

Transfer expenditure: £789.5million
Transfer income: £554.4million
Net spend: £235.1million

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


More from Planet Football

Ranking each Premier League club’s record signing from worst to best

The eight teams to have won 30 or more PL games in a calendar year

Can you name every Premier League club’s record departure?