Man City & Man Utd’s net transfer spend over past 5 seasons - how they compare to Liverpool, Chelsea & more

All 20 Premier League teams ranked from most profitable to the least, based on their transfer dealings from the 2017/18 season till now.

Thursday, 26th May 2022, 11:17 am

The curtains closed on the 2021/22 Premier League season last weekend with a memorable final day.

Attention now turns to the summer transfer window - which opens next month - with Manchester City already agreeing a deal to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

The past two transfer windows have seen some teams splash the cash and not necessarily reap the rewards, while others have over performed against a modest net spend.

Two of the current 20 clubs (which still includes Burnley, Watford and Norwich City who will play in the EFL Championship next season following their relegations) have actually made a net profit over the past five seasons.

However, the other 18 are currently stuck in the red with their income significantly outweighing their outgoings.

Manchester United have spent a substantial amount on player transfers over the past five seasons including £80m on Harry Maguire in 2019 - the highest fee paid for a centre-back to date.

Other big deals have included £73m for Jadon Sancho and £75m on Romelu Lukaku while they have also received large sums as well, most notably £68m that Inter Milan paid for the latter mentioned player in 2019.

While City have also spent an incredible amount on players over the past five seasons specifically £100m on Jack Grealish last summer - a Premier League record - their income has been significantly lower than their spending.

But, how do their overall net spend look and where do they both rank compared to their league rivals?

Here are all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their net spend over the past five seasons (according to statistics from Transfermarkt), from most profitable to least:

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