It isn’t exactly an exclusive to say that Premier League transfer fees are rising at a ridiculous rate.
Each year and every set of new TV deals (every three years) sees things go up so may notches.
At the upper end, it might surprise you just how many signings of £20m or more, that have been made by Premier League clubs so far down the years.
A great article on Football365 has listed the number of £20m signings each English club have made, a total of 91 transfer in all.
No surprise to see Manchester City lead the way with 25 deals – they, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, responsible for 75 of the 91 between them.
Interesting to see the ambition shown by Everton who are fifth with five £20m+ signings, including two already in this current transfer window. Whilst Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Ham have all got involved as well.
Bournemouth are set to add themselves to the list with a £20m deal for Chelsea’s Nathan Ake, whilst a number of other Premier League clubs will surely join these 10 (11 incl Bournemouth) this summer BUT will Newcastle join them?
Number of £20m+ signings made by Premier League clubs (see Football365 for details of the individual players/transfers that make up the club totals):
1 – Crystal Palace, Leicester, West Ham
4 – Arsenal, Tottenham
5 – Everton
13 – Liverpool
17 – Manchester United
20 – Chelsea
25 – Manchester City
When it comes to selling players for £20m or more, it is an equally enthralling story, with 52 players sold by English clubs.
Manchester City have the biggest differential – buying 25 for £20m or more but selling only three.
Of those not to feature as buyers but to be on the sellers list, Southampton have sold five and bought zero, closely followed by Newcastle with three sales and no buys.
A massive 18 clubs have all sold at least one player for £20m or more, including some who may not see the Premier League for a while – Villa, Portsmouth, Leeds and Sunderland in that category.
Number of £20m+ players sold by Premier League clubs (see Football365 for details of the individual players/transfers that make up the club totals):
1 – Crystal Palace, Leicester, Leeds, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Watford, West Ham
2 – Swansea
3 – Aston Villa, Tottenham, Manchester City, Newcastle
Andy Carroll – £35m (to Liverpool in January 2011)
Georginio Wijnaldum – £25m (to Liverpool in July 2016)
Moussa Sissoko – £30m (to Tottenham in September 2016)
4 – Everton, Manchester United
5 – Liverpool, Southampton
6 – Arsenal
7 – Chelsea
Newcastle’s record buy still stands at Michael Owen for £16m back in 2005, many Newcastle fans believing that was bound to be beaten in this summer 2017 window but still a watching brief…