10 February 2020

Chelsea Top Charts For Transfer Net-Profit  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea FCChelsea recorded the highest net-profit of any club in world football in the last two transfer windows, according to newly published data.

Serving a transfer ban last summer after being deemed to have breached FIFA regulations on the recruitment of young players, Chelsea spent just €45m (around £38m) to turn Mateo Kovacic's loan from Real Madrid into a permanent deal.

The west Londoners made a further €205m (£173.7m) in player sales, stemming largely from the €100m plus add-ons sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

By contrast, Real Madrid posted €181m in negative balance on transfers, according to research by the CIES Football Observatory.

Aston Villa were also low down on the list, second only to Real, spending €172m on players following their promotion from the Championship and earning just €3m in return for an €169m balance.

Overall Premier League clubs fared poorly, having the largest net deficit of any of Europe's top five leagues and accounting for a combined €844m (£715m) more in outgoings than money they earned.

Chelsea, who posted losses of £96.7m in the latest financial results , are the only Premier League side to feature in the top 10 of clubs in terms of net earners.

Top ten in highest net spend - € millions
Club Spent Earned
Chelsea 45m 250m
Benfica 64m 230m
Ajax 64m 201m
Sporting CP 29m 121m
RB Salzburg 28m 103m
Lille 99m 168m
Hoffenheim 65m 134m
Sampdoria 42m 99m
PSV Eindhoven 42m 98m
Empoli 20m 70m

Benfica, who earned €113m from the sale of Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid in summer 2019 window, came second with a €166m net profit, with Ajax in third with €137m - aided by the departures of Matthias De Ligt to Juventus and Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona.

Manchester United, meanwhile, placed fourth and Tottenham fifth, with spends of €151m and €141m more than they earned respectively. Arsenal came 11th spending €85m more than they earned in player sales.

Swansea City, who offloaded Oli McBurnie to Sheffield United and Dan James to Manchester United in big-money moves, placed 14th in best net-spend,

Bottom ten in net spend - € millions
Club Spent Earned
Real Madrid 330m 149m
Aston Villa 172m 3m
Barcelona 288m 122m
Manchester United 244m 93m
Tottenham Hotspur 204m 63m
Monaco 211m 90m
Internazionale 235m 124m
Juventus 235m 141m
Fiorentina 137m 44m
Hertha BSC 117m 25m

And Crystal Palace, who also sold right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United, were the only other British club in the top 20, placing two places higher in 12th.

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