The 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 will take part in the Premier League next (2018/19) season, 14 of them have broken their own transfer record in the past year.
Of this season’s Premier League, only one club made their record signing before 2013.
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 and Cardiff have a lower figure than Newcastle United.
Brighton are threatening to break their transfer record yet again, it would be the third window in a row, and almost certainly this time it would go above Newcastle’s 13 year old one.
Whilst Cardiff City have already shown ambition with a £25m net spend so far, and with Fulham showing the way with a £28m signing this week, who knows what Cardiff might do if spending their upcoming Premier League money to try and give them the best chance of staying up.
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.
Sitting on a current £6m profit so far this summer and with now Isaac Hayden set to leave as well as Mitrovic, Mbemba, Colback and others, as well as Merino who has already gone, no excuses this time if not allowing Rafa to compete at a more ambitious/realistic level in the transfer market.
Record signings for all 20 Premier League clubs set to compete in the 2018/19 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
£28m – Fulham – Jean Michael Seri 2018/19
£27m – Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke 2016/17
£22.5m – West Ham – Issa Diop 2018/19
£20m – Bournemouth – Nathan Ake 2017/18
£22.5m – Southampton – Jannik Vestergaard 2018/19
£18.5m – Watford – Andre Gray 2017/18
£17.6m – Huddersfield – Terence Kongolo 2018/19
£17m – Wolves – Ruben Neves 2017/18
£16m – Burnley – Chris Wood 2017/18
£16m – Newcastle United – Michael Owen 2005/06
£15m – Brighton – Jurgen Locadia 2017/18
£12m – Cardiff – Gary Medel 2013/14