The CIES Football Observatory have presented their latest report and it looks into the transfer window just closed, amongst their findings it names the 10 European clubs with the biggest net spending this summer in the big five European leagues (England, Germany, Spain, France and Italy).

The 10 who feature include many predictable names but also a couple of surprising ones…

CIES Football Observatory net spending club by club (figures in euros):

€343m PSG (€418m spent & €75m incoming)

€189m AC Milan (€250 and €61m)

€186m Man Utd (€197m and €11m)

€173m Man City (€282m and €109m)

€106m Chelsea (€236 and €130m)

€68m Bayern Munich (€102m and €34m)

€62m Marseille (€66m and €4m)

€54m Brighton (€54m and €0)

€51m Liverpool (€105m and €54m)

€48m Huddersfield (€55m and €7m)

The move up from the Championship to the Premier League is universally acknowledged as by far the most valuable in World football.

It then also produces the biggest challenge as well for the promoted clubs, how to get a foothold and stay up in that first season, when fighting against 17 clubs who have already had a chance to build up a Premier League standard squad due to investing in their squads.

The answer is obvious, promoted clubs have to spend big to give themselves a realistic chance of staying up.

Brighton had net spending of  €54m, the eighth biggest in Europe, and Huddersfield €48m, the tenth largest in Europe.

In contrast, Mike Ashley allowed a net spending of only €12.5m.

The bottom line is that the other two promoted clubs are investing in advance some of the money that they will receive this season from their Premier League/TV payout, to give themselves the best chance of survival.

Newcastle have not, as Ashley refused to back Rafa Benitez as he had promised to do.

To put the individual clubs’ spending in context, just look at what the figures say when you compare the spending of each league/country.

CIES Football Observatory net spending league by league:

€835m Premier League (€1,771m spent & €936m incoming)

€139m Serie A (€1,109 and €970m)

€81m Bundesliga (€671m and €590m)

€55m Ligue 1 (€916m and €861m)

+€9m La Liga (€684m and €693m)

The money/spending power of the Premier League is really shown here and why it is no surprise to see six Premier League clubs in amongst the 10 biggest net investors in their squads.

The average (gross) spent by each Premier League club was €88.5m and €41.75m the average net spending.

Yes, some other Premier League clubs had a lower net spend than Newcastle, or even made a profit, BUT their situation is totally different, they already have a squad of Premier League players, who at the very least have shown they can survive in the top tier.

Hopefully Rafa Benitez can use his expertise to enable Newcastle to battle against the odds but if NUFC are struggling by the time January comes around, it will be interesting to see if Ashley then repeats his previous strategy of then belatedly allowing money to be spent when relegation looks imminent.



  • mentalman

    the difference is Brighton and huddersfield have rubbish sqaud’s and nobody wanted to buy their players

    • Kneebotherm8

      Don’t know about that,Knockaert and Mooy spring to mind and I wish we could have signed those 2.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        Mooy yes, but Knockaert failed spectacularly with Leicester the last time he was in the prem. To the point the he ended up going to Standard Liege on a free the next season.

        • Kneebotherm8

          He actually rejected a 4 year contract offer from Leicester and decided to move there as a free agent.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            after only getting on the pitch 9 times

          • Kneebotherm8

            Pearson only wanted him as a squad player behind the likes of Albrighton,so that don’t necessarily make him a poor player,and Pearson did offer him a new 4 year deal,which he didn’t accept and he moved on to further his career. From Standard Liege he went to Brighton in January 2016 and he’s been pretty good there,to the extent Rafa tried to sign him at the beginning of last season. Mooy hasn’t even played in the premier league before this season,so there’s not a lot of difference. I stand by my statement that both players would have been good signings for us.

    • Leicester Mag

      Well we’ve not exactly had to man the barricades to stem the flow of top class talent leaving us !

      • Kneebotherm8

        Absolutely correct,only one talked of,Gayle, was heading into the championship,if anywhere.

  • Kneebotherm8

    If we’re struggling in January,then Ashley will release funds guaranteed. We’ve seen it before,he’s a gambler and he’s hoping we can steer clear of the relegation zone on the cheap. Not getting relegated is, always has been and always will be ,the sum of his ambition.

    • mentalman

      it’ll be the 5million to make the merino deal permanent

    • Leazes Ender

      By which time its too late…dejavu.

  • Steve Pearce

    More pointless figures to fill up space now the window’s shut eh lads?

  • Brian Standen

    And when one or both crash and burn it will leave them back in oblivion
    That said it is a risk worth taking – don’t get me wrong I’m not defending Ashley and his warp minded policy because HE could afford to invest

    Can Brighton or Huddersfield? Only time will tell

  • Steve Smith

    We can’t compete with these states.

    • Jimblag23

      The United West Sussex Emirates.

  • Monksaton Magpies

    The figures in the Daily Mirror Sept 1st show Brighton having a net spend 0f £39.65m,Huddersfield £38.9m and Newcastle £23.7m.This is broken down by individual and is an article by Andy Sims. The actual amount spent on players was within a couple of million. It was only the fact that Brighton and Huddersfield off loaded a lot of players and got nothing in for them which makes the net spend different. If Newcastle had not got £9.3m for Thauvin an excellent deal and £2m for Murphy and De Jong you would be looking at similar stats.The fact is all three teams have strengthened their squads equally we just got money for outgoing players.

    • Steve Smith

      So our squad was trimmed down by 11m and Brighton’s 0m. That is not strengthening by an equal amount.

      I don’t know where all this pro Ashley nonsense has come from recently. There seems to be an agenda at the moment.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The Mirror is wrong

      • Geordiegiants

        Nah its always shiiiiiit hot on its stories!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          the schitt bit would be correct

          • Geordiegiants

            🤥 it’s like the Pardew of news papers.

      • Rich Lawson

        Our ”media partner”,surely not ?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Yip, slave to Fat Mike

      • Monksaton Magpies

        Then read the article seems right to me except has no fee for Grant Hanley outgoing as it’s undisclosed nor does it have the loan fee for incoming Merino.

        • TheNutJob

          Nufc got a £6m payment off Spurs for the great Moussa

    • Danimal

      Fair enough but why are we only trying to match those two (given that we finished so close to them in the Champ last season)? The fact that we have been able to pull in more transfer fees than them put us in a great position to strengthen further and put some daylight between us and our two likely rivals.

      • Monksaton Magpies

        Totally agree but think the right players were not available. Needed a keeper, left back, striker and may be one more centre mid.Lets hope January.

        • Danimal

          This is where our agreement stops. The players were available. They were signed by more ambitious clubs.

          • Danimal

            Do you remember Stan Seymour “we can’t compete with the likes of Liverpool”?

  • Geordiegiants

    These article about how much we spent are silly, nobody knows what we have spent and pulled in, it is all just guess work and rough estimates.

    • TheNutJob

      Clarko knows
      😂😂😂

      • Geordiegiants

        For a fact!

    • Clarko

      It is not “guess work” or “rough estimates”. The numbers are provided by sources who know the fee. These fees are confirmed by the accounts released at the end of the year, once the fees are confirmed the source can be considered as reliable/credible, because this isn’t the first ever transfer window those credible sources already exist and the numbers can be considered accurate. The earth is not flat, it isn’t fake news and Obama isn’t a lizard.

      • Geordiegiants

        Wrong

        • Clarko

          #FlatEarther

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha ha lol. WHAT?????

      • Jimblag23

        The figures stated always change from source to sauce, so they are never reliable.

        I’m not being argumentative when I ask this, but how do you know they are reliable?

        • Clarko

          This is a comment I made earlier:

          “The fees are disclosed in the club accounts, in the club accounts for NUFC 15/16 the club states that they had a net spend of “£70.7m”, transfermarkt (de) has the net spend at £73.57m for 15/16. It is an extremely accurate source.”

          I use transfermarkt, they are proven to be reliable.

        • Geordiegiants

          Jim, for arguments sake, Siem De Jongs fee has been anywhere from £4m to £1.8m. In a years time it can be worked out, but not now. He is just being argumentative for the sake of it.

      • Danimal

        No it isn’t and no he isn’t. But you’re still an apologist for someone/thing much worse. I’ll never understand the perverse pleasure you take from supporting this regime.

        • Clarko

          What are you on about “apologist” and “regime”? I was talking about transfer fees you utter moron. Seriously, go and read a book, get an education you complete loser.

          • Danimal

            Get a dictionary.

          • Clarko

            Good one 👍🏿

          • Geordiegiants

            This coming from you and my “stage five cling on” comment. You have zero credibility.

          • Clarko

            Earlier that day, Geordiegiants:

            “So what is a ‘stage five clinger’?”

            #FlatEarther

          • Geordiegiants

            He he your a belta.

  • mentalman

    if we’d spent 100million and sold players worth 90million they would have still had a greater net spend than we did so the net spend isn’t really relevant