Premier League clubs and their transfer records.
Never has there been an era when prices have gone up so radically when it comes to transfer fees.
Of the 20 clubs that took part in the Premier League last (2017/18) season, 12 of them broke their own transfer record last summer (2017).
The past 24 hours have seen Huddersfield Town now break their club record in three transfer windows in a row since reaching the Premier League.
Of last season’s Premier League, only one club had made their record signing before 2015.
Newcastle United signing Michael Owen for £16m fully 10 years earlier.
Down below are the transfer record buys of all the 20 clubs, only Brighton have a lower figure (£14m) than NUFC, whilst West Brom and Burnley are around the same (£16m) amount.
Looking at the three promoted clubs, I have no doubt they will all break their club records this summer, with both Fulham and Wolves, possibly Cardiff as well, set to also pay more than £16m for at least one player – in my opinion.
Spending money doesn’t guarantee success but not spending it, pretty much guarantees failure.
Rafa Benitez needs to be given total freedom on who he buys and how he allocates his budget, so if he wants to buy a couple of £20m players as well as cheaper ones, then let him get on with it.
If Mike Ashley wants to continue a theme of buying £6m-£10m players only, then Newcastle look sure to struggle, the same if Rafa is prevented from also paying high wages on older, probably free agent/low transfer fee, players as well.
Record signing for all 20 Premier League clubs from the 2017/18 season:
£89m – Manchester United – Paul Pogba 2016/17
£75m – Liverpool – Virgil van Dijk 2017/18
£67m – Manchester City – Kevin de Bruyne 2015/16
£60m – Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 2017/18
£60m – Chelsea – Alvaro Morata 2017/18
£45m – Everton – Gylfi Siguedsson 2017/18
£35m – Tottenham – Davinson Sanchez 2017/18
£29m – Leicester – Islam Slimani 2016/17
£27m – Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke 2016/17
£21m – Stoke – Giannelli Imbula 2015/16
£21m – West Ham – Andre Ayew 2016/17
£20m – Bournemouth – Nathan Ake 2017/18
£20m – Swansea – Andre Ayew 2017/18
£19m – Southampton – Guido Carrillo 2017/18
£18.5m – Watford – Andre Gray 2017/18
£17.6m – Huddersfield – Terence Kongolo 2018/19
£16m – Burnley – Chris Wood 2017/18
£16m – West Brom – Salomon Rondon 2015/16
£16m – Newcastle United – Michael Owen 2005/06
£14m – Brighton – Jurgen Locadia 2017/18