Manchester United Top List of Premier League Clubs With A Negative Transfer Spending in The Last Decade [See Top 10 List]

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Manchester United are leading the list of Premier League clubs with a negative net spending on transfers in the last decade

According to a report compiled by Switzerland football research organization, CIES Football Observatory, Premier League clubs have been the highest-spending clubs in the last decade with a negative transfer net spend running into billions of pounds.

Recently, attention has been on Saudi Pro League, who have taken the global football transfer market by storm but Premier League clubs are still miles ahead based on report by CIES Football Observatory.

Premier League clubs

Here, we will take you through top 10 Premier League clubs with the most net transfer spending. Net transfer spending here refers to a club’s financial balance sheet from transfers deals including sold and signed players.

Manchester United

Manchester United are leading the list of Premier League clubs with the highest net transfer spending. Over the past 10 years, Manchester United have expended a total of £1.2bn on transfers. Leading the club’s biggest signings in the past decade is Paul Pogba (£89.5m), Harry Maguire (£80m), Romelu Lukaku (£75m), and recently Antony and Rasmus Hojlund.

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Chelsea are a distant second to Manchester United on the list of highest-spending Premier League clubs in the last decade.

The Blues have a total net spend of £886m with deals completed by new owner Todd Boehly making a huge chunk of the club’s total spending. Two of Chelsea’s most expensive players Enzo Fernandez (£105m) and Moises Caicedo (£115m) are bought under Todd Boehly.


Arsenal are third on the ladder with a transfer net spend of £747m, just a hundred thousand pounds below Chelsea. Arsenal most expensive signing is Declan Rice bought for £100m from West Ham United. Kai Havertz’s £65m signing from Chelsea is the next most expensive.

Manchester City

Despite facing allegations from the Premier League for alleged financial breaches on transfer market, Manchester City are down fourth on the ladder of the highest-spending Premier League clubs in the last 10 years.

Manchester City have bought all their best legs below £100m benchmark except Jack Grealish, who signed for the club for £100m. Josko Gvardiol (£73), Kevin De Bruyne (£63), and Ruben Dias (£58) leads the list of their most expensive signings.

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Newcastle United

Newcastle United are ranked fifth on the ladder with a transfer net spend of £575m. Newcastle United’s rise into the top 10 most spending Premier League clubs could be linked to the club’s recent takeover by Saudi Public Investment Fund in 2021.

Sandro Tonali, who joined this summer from AC Milan is their most expensive player after joining for £55m.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur are close to Newcastle United with a transfer net spend of £522m. Their most expensive signing is Tanguy Ndombele, who joined the club for £53m from Lyon in 2019 while Harry Kane’s £109m move to Bayern Munich is their biggest departure followed by Gareth Bale’s £95m move to Real Madrid.

West Ham United

West Ham United have a net transfer spending of £452m. The Hammers transfer balance sheet has been heavily impacted by Declan Rice’s £105m move to Arsenal. West Ham most expensive signing was Sebastian Haller, who joined the Hammers for £42m from Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Borussia Dortmund.

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Aston Villa

Aston Villa are 8th on table with a transfer net spend of £414m. Aston Villa most expensive signing is Moussa Diaby ( £51.9m) while Jack Grealish is their most expensive departure after joining Manchester City for £100m.


Liverpool are among the best four teams in the Premier League but have kept a relatively low net spending profile in the Premier League.

They have signed expensive players like Van Dijk (£72m) and Darwin Nunez (£68m) but have also seen big departures like Philippe Coutinho (£146m) and Luis Suarez (£75m) that have moderated their transfer budget in the last 10 years. Their net spend in the last 10 years is £395m.


Everton occupy the last rung of the ladder among top 10 highest-spending Premier League clubs. Their net spend in the last 10 years is £336m with their most expensive signing being Sigurdsson (£42m).

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