• Manchester United have made the fewest January purchases over the last 11 seasons
  • Only four Premier League clubs have a positive net spend during winter transfer window
  • Chelsea has a positive net spend of £10M despite splashing out the most of any club
  • Manchester United lead the way in production of home-grown talent

New research reveals that over the past 11 seasons, Manchester City has a net spend of £197,000,000 during the winter transfer window, almost three times the number of second-place Spurs and 14 times the number of local rivals, Manchester United.

The figures from UK job board CV-Library reveal that the “big six” (Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs) are responsible for over half (56%) of all January expenditure across the past ten seasons.

Looking at the total ten-year spend of any side, Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea have forked out an eye-watering £303M on new recruits since the 2006/2007 season.

However, the Blues are in the green with a positive net spend of £10M due to recouping over £240M thanks in part to the sales of the likes of Oscar, Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle.

The Premier League’s Big Six’s net spend across the past 11 seasons:

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In comparison, local rivals Tottenham have a net spend of almost £73M despite spending less than a quarter that of their blue counterparts. North London competitors, Arsenal chart fifth on the overall list with a net spend of £53M, with their biggest outlay going towards Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the close of the last January window.

Stoke City come in third overall due to the modest income they have received through player sales. The Potters have sold 28 players to the tune of £11M, an average cost of just £409,000 per player –  the lowest of any current Premier League side that has spent a full season in the league and in stark contrast to Chelsea who average a whopping £12M per player sold.

Newly promoted Huddersfield Town have spent and received the least out of all 20 Premier League clubs – the Terriers have dished out £16M on players since the 2006/2007 season, £9M less than closest spenders, Bournemouth (£25M) and only 18% of the average expenditure across the whole league.

Only four Premier League clubs have a positive net spend, with Liverpool leading the way through a profit of over £30million thanks to the sale of Philippe Coutinho for £108M. Newcastle are close behind with a profit of £28M and Southampton follow along with £23M due to the sale of Virgil Van Dijk.

Surprisingly, Premier League champions Chelsea are the fourth club with a positive net-spend of just over £10M thanks to a number of player sales recouping over £300M.

CV-Library also looked into each club’s youth academy over the past ten years to determine how many players are playing in the Premier League as a result of their respective youth system.

Manchester United unsurprisingly lead the way with over 100 academy prospects going on to play the game at a professional level with the likes of Paul Pogba, Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard all featuring regularly in the Premier League.

The Red Devils are closely followed by Chelsea and Arsenal, with the London clubs producing 92 and 86 professional footballers across the past ten years respectively while Southampton continue to punch above their weight as they are only second to Manchester United for players currently active in the league with 16.

Interestingly, Championship club Leeds United currently have seven players plying their trade in the top flight, more than 11 other Premier League clubs.

The number of youth academy products playing in the Premier League this season per club:

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Lee Biggins, founder and managing director at CV-Library comments, “With the increasingly astronomical transfer fees, endless television coverage and ever-growing media presence, it is easy to forget that footballers are only human.”

 “Our research shows that Premier League academies are producing a large volume of professional footballers, however, it is worth remembering how many other jobs they produce. Without the support of physios, coaches, trainers and even the caterers, many professional footballers would not be able to reach the heights that they do. For every success story, there is always a team of people behind the scenes that have laid a helping hand.”




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