Revisiting every Premier League club’s net spend in summer 2022

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Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus (left) and Manchester United's Casemiro battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday September 4, 2022.

Premier League clubs spent over £2billion in the transfer market last summer. That’s more than twice as much as the rest of Europe’s big five leagues put together.

Now that the January transfer window has rolled around, attention has turned back to signings. So much has happened these past few months that it’s already easy to forget which clubs already spent a ton in the summer and which could afford to push the boat out a little more in the mid-season transfer window.

It’s no surprise that the usual suspects in the ‘big six’ – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea – dominated in terms of paying big-money fees in the summer of 2022.

The likes of Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez, Casemiro, Antony, Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison moved to or between English football’s biggest clubs for considerable dosh.

But there was quite a discrepancy between how the clubs at the top approached the market.

Chelsea, with new president Todd Boehly at the helm, made a number of eye-catching moves and spent more than any other side in Europe with an outlay to the tune of £251million. The likes of Timo Werner, Emerson and Billy Gilmour were sold for fees, but the Blues only recouped a fraction of what they spent and were the highest net spenders.

Manchester United aren’t far behind, having also spent north of £200million on backing Erik ten Hag in a bid to give the new boss a squad capable of getting back into the Champions League. The only money they made back was through the sale of forgotten man Andreas Pereira for a low fee to Fulham.

West Ham and newly-promoted splurgers Nottingham Forest are surprise inclusions in the top five, with newly-minted Newcastle United – who failed to offload a single player for a transfer fee – ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham, who each ambitiously spent over £100million.

Liverpool spent big on new striker Nunez, but their net spend was negligible, having brought in almost as much on the sales of Sadio Mane, Neco Williams, Takumi Minamino, Ben Davies and Marko Grujic.

The champions Manchester City, meanwhile, were one of three clubs – alongside Brighton and Leicester City – to turn a profit. It was a busy summer rebuild for Pep Guardiola, with over £100million spent on Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Manuel Akanji and Sergio Gomez, but considerably more recouped on selling Jesus, Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko to their big-six rivals – plus a handful of highly-rated youngsters to Southampton.

Using data from Transfermarkt, we’ve ranked all 20 current Premier League clubs by their net spend during the 2022 summer transfer window.

1. Chelsea
Expenditure – £251.09million
Income – £44.37million
Net Spend – -£205.72million

2. Manchester United
Expenditure – £214.22million
Income – £8.55million
Net Spend – -£205.67million

3. West Ham United
Expenditure – £163.8million
Income – £16.02million
Net Spend – -£147.78million

4. Nottingham Forest
Expenditure – £141.26million
Income – £6.03million
Net Spend – £134.96million

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5. Newcastle United
Expenditure – £122.40million
Income – £0.00
Net Spend – -£122.40million

6. Tottenham
Expenditure – £152.91million
Income – £34.43million
Net Spend – £118.49million

7. Arsenal
Expenditure – £118.86million
Income – £21.42million
Net Spend – -£97.44million

8. Wolves
Expenditure – £122.94million
Income – £51.39million
Net Spend – £71.55million

9. Southampton
Expenditure – £66.06million
Income – £0.00
Net Spend – -£66.06million

10. Brentford
Expenditure – £45.45million
Income – £3.24million
Net Spend – -£42.21million
11. Fulham
Expenditure – £55.26million
Income – £18.81million
Net Spend – -£36.45million

12. Crystal Palace
Expenditure – £31.14million
Income – £4.91million
Net Spend – -£26.23million

13. Aston Villa
Expenditure – £62.55million
Income – £37.8million
Net Spend – -£24.75million

14. Everton
Expenditure – £76.68million
Income – £52.20million
Net Spend – -£24.48million

15. Bournemouth
Expenditure – £24.21million
Income – £0.00
Net Spend – -£24.21million

16. Liverpool
Expenditure – £77.22million
Income – £72.63million
Net Spend – -£4.59million

17. Leeds United
Expenditure – £99.13million
Income – £97.38million
Net Spend – -£1.75million

18. Manchester City
Expenditure – £122.55million
Income – £143.9million
Net Spend – +£18.36million

19. Leicester City
Expenditure – £15.30million
Income – £73.26million
Net Spend – +£57.96million

20. Brighton & Hove Albion
Expenditure – £43.02million
Income – £102.51million
Net Spend – +£59.49million

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