Arsenal splash league-topping £156.8m on signings, followed by Man Utd and Man City; Gunners also top net spend chart; Southampton, Brighton, Aston Villa, Norwich and Watford record net profit; Norwich and Watford register squad overhauls
How much did Premier League clubs spend on transfers during the summer window? We crunch the numbers…
Premier League clubs have splashed around £1.04bn on 103 permanent signings for disclosed fees during the summer transfer window – but how much did your team spend?
The total expenditure was £266m short of last summer’s total and produced a £593m net spend after teams recouped around £446m on player sales.
Manchester City made the most expensive recruit during the window, with Jack Grealish costing £100m from Aston Villa, while Romelu Lukaku (£97.5m to Chelsea from Inter Milan) and Jadon Sancho (£73m to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund) were also among the most pricey additions.
Arsenal invested heavily, topped with £50m acquisition Ben White from Brighton, followed by Raphael Varane (£41m to Manchester United from Real Madrid), Emi Buendia (£38m to Aston Villa from Norwich) and Ibrahima Konate (£36m to Liverpool from RB Leipzig).
Arsenal emerged as the window’s most spendthrift club with a £156.8m spree on young talent, including White (£50m), Martin Odegaard (£34m), Aaron Ramsdale (£30m), Takehiro Tomiyasu (£19.8m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (£15m) and Nuno Tavares (£8m).
Manchester United nearly matched the Gunners with a £133.7m outlay on Sancho, Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo (£19.7m), while Manchester City invested every penny of their £100m spending on Grealish, with Aston Villa reinvesting £93m of that cash on new recruits to help fill the void left by their former captain – just shy of Chelsea‘s £97.5m outlay spent entirely on Lukaku.
At the other end of the scale, Everton kept their finances largely under lock and key with a league-low £1.6m spent on signings, with Watford (£4.5m), Southampton (£15m), Wolves (£16.4m) and Burnley (£17.5m) also among the most frugal teams during the window.
Aston Villa top the table for funds received during the window after cashing in on the record-breaking £100m for Grealish, while Chelsea replenished the club’s coffers with a cool £94.4m from sales: Tammy Abraham (£34m to Roma), Kurt Zouma (£29.8m to West Ham), Fikayo Tomori (£25m), Olivier Giroud (£1.7m, both to AC Milan) and Victor Moses (£3.9m to Spartak Moscow).
Manchester United (£30m), Manchester City (£27.3m), Arsenal (£25m) and Liverpool (£24.5m) all collected modest totals from sales, while Watford (£10m), Wolves (£4m) and Tottenham (£2.5m) recovered smaller sums.
Brentford, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle and West Ham emerged from the window without a penny from outgoings for disclosed fees.
Here’s where it matters: what was the final net spend after factoring incomings and outgoings?
The top three teams for net expenditure remain unchanged from the spending chart, with Arsenal the most spendthrift club with a £131.8m net spend, followed by Manchester United (£103.7m) and Manchester City (£72.7m).
The next biggest net spenders were Big Six challengers West Ham (63.3m) and Leicester City (£55m), followed by Tottenham (£54.6m), Leeds (£43m), Brentford (£31.1m), Crystal Palace (£28.5m), Newcastle (£25m), Burnley (£17.5m), Wolves (12.4m), Liverpool (£11.5m), Chelsea (£3.1m) and Everton (£1.6m).
Five clubs recorded profit in their summer business with Southampton registering a league-topping £25m surplus, followed by Brighton (£17.9m), Aston Villa (£7m), Norwich (£6.1m) and Watford (£5.5m).
In terms of incomings, Norwich drafted a league-high 10 permanent signings and also drafted another four on loan deals as the Canaries look to secure survival this term with proceeds from the sale of Buendia, while Watford, Aston Villa and Leeds also recruited heavily.
Meanwhile, Chelsea maintained their trend of loaning out the most players with 17 shipped out on short-term deals, while Brighton also appear to be adopting a similar approach by equalling the Blues tally for players temporarily leaving the club.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Watford also completed considerable summer clear-outs, each offloading 22 players on a permanent basis – with Newcastle and Southampton each sanctioning 18 departures.
Qualification for 2022 World Cup will earn Black Stars boss Milovan Rajevac extra $300,000
Milovan Rajevac will earn $300,000 if he guides the Black Stars to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has revealed.
Rajevac’s appointment as the new head coach of the men’s national team was confirmed by the GFA at a press conference on Friday.
Aside from his $30,000 monthly salary, Rajevac is in line to make an extra $300,000 should the Black Stars make it to Qatar 2022.
Currently, the side is second in their qualifying group, one point behind South Africa whom they lost to in CK Akonnor’s final match as head coach.
Only the team that finishes top of the group will make it through to the final round of qualifiers.
Rajevac does have a massive financial incentive to pull it off, however with the GFA confirming the terms of his contract at today’s press conference.
This, of course, means Rajevac will get $600,000 if the Black Stars qualify for the 2022 World Cup and win the AFCON, with the Serbian also guaranteed a $300,000 payday if his side ends the nation’s 40-year drought.
Usyk shocks Joshua to claim world heavyweight titles
Oleksandr Usyk is the new unified heavyweight world champion after dethroning Anthony Joshua with an incredible performance in London.
The Ukrainian put on a masterclass in front of 65,000 fans inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, outclassing Joshua over 12 rounds, and hurting the defending champion on numerous occasions.
The scorecards – 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 – were all for Usyk and there was a mere shrug of the shoulders from Joshua as the second defeat of his professional career was confirmed.
Having seen a fight with fellow Briton Tyson Fury collapse last summer, Joshua opted to face his WBO mandatory challenger and former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk instead.
It appeared the easier fight for Joshua, but boxing’s triumphant return to stadium nights was soured for the home crowd by a truly exceptional performance from the challenger.
Aside from the Briton’s long-term career prospects, Joshua versus Fury now appears to be dead.
Fury fights Deontay Wilder next month in Las Vegas and every fight fan’s greatest fear has been realised after the unification bout collapsed last summer.
For a start, Joshua will have to win his rematch with Usyk which, after Saturday night’s meeting, appears near impossible.
Ghana is my second home – Milovan Rajevac
New Black Stars head coach Milovan Rajevac has called Ghana his second home in his unveiling press conference.
Speaking to the gathered media on Friday 24th September, the veteran coach said:
“I was happy to get this opportunity (to return) because I feel like this country is like my second home. I had a great experience here”
He then explained that part of what made the Ghana job so enjoyable was that Ghanaians were passionate about football and it was a rare quality
“I know how much Ghanaians like football, they are passionate. It is not something I experienced elsewhere”
Coach Milo returns to the Black Stars job 11 years after he first left. Despite not winning a trophy, he is considered one of the most successful coaches in Ghana’s history due to Ghana’s memorable run in the 2010 World Cup.
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