The 50 clubs in world football with the highest net spending since 2012

‘Net transfer spend’ is a much-discussed term when it comes to the clubs who spend the most – and the list of the top 50 net spenders over the last ten years is extremely revealing.

Value for money and the transfer market don’t usually go together, especially in modern football.

And with more and more owners chasing the Champions League dream, the price tags have been significantly inflated, with the number of flops also increasing exponentially.

It will come as no surprise to many that the two Manchester clubs have had the highest net spends in the world over the past decade. But while City have established themselves as England’s dominant force, rivals United have stumbled from one disaster to the next.

Arsenal are surprisingly high, although their habit of spending big and releasing players for free under Mikel Arteta comes into play here.

The presence of PSG, Barcelona and Juventus in the upper tiers is also telling, with each club showing off unfulfilled signings over the last 10 years.

English clubs dominate this list; West Ham sit above Inter Milan, Leeds surpass Real Madrid while West Brom slot in ahead of Atletico Madrid and Roma. These placements are a sign of the times.

But there is also an interesting influx of non-European clubs, particularly from China. Shanghai Port have their 24th highest net transfer spend since 2012 and there are six other Chinese sides on our list.

The presence of high-spending Mexican, Russian and Saudi Arabian teams adds an exotic touch to our rankings, although each country has a track record of importing expensive foreign signings.

Check out our full top 50 ranking below, with figures courtesy of Transfermarkt.

1. Manchester City – £948.19million
2. Manchester United – £914.52million
3. PSG – £767.39m
4. Arsenal – £548.28m
5. Barcelona – £472.88m
6. Juventus – £467.6m
7. AC Milan – £415.76m
8. Chelsea – £388.35m
9. Liverpool – £340.64million

• • • •

Paul Pogba (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right) speak after Manchester United and Liverpool

READ: Man Utd vs Liverpool net spend comparison since Klopp arrival in 2015

• • • •

10. Bayern Munich – £388.58m
11. West Ham United – £331.68million
12. Aston Villa – £320.29million
13. Everton – £300.22m
14. Newcastle United – £291.03m
15. Inter Milan – £250.59m
16. Tottenham – £235.11million
17. Wolves – £209.57m
18. Leicester City – £205.20million
19. Zenit St Petersburg – £202.68m
20. Crystal Palace – £196.89million
21. Brighton – £191.59million
22. Wolfsburg – £182.96million
23.Naples – £178.49million
24. Port of Shanghai – £176.29 million

25. Leipzig – £172.23million
26. Fulham – £161.59m
27. Guangzhou FC – £155.29m
28. Hebei FC – £148.15m
29. Beijing Guoan – £134.11million
30. Leeds United – £134.06m
31. Real Madrid – £131.4million

• • • •

Real Madrid CF President FLORENTINO PEREZ and IKER CASILLAS celebrate with the trophy at the Club World Cup.  Marrakech, Morocco.  December 20, 2014.

READ: Six Real Madrid greats bitterly gone under Florentino Perez

• • • •

32. Parma – £130.96million
33. Stoke City – £128.72million
34. Jiangsu FC – £127.3m
35. Al-Nassr Riyadh – £118.36m
36. Spartak Moscow – £109.08m
37. Galatasaray – £108.36m
38. West Brom – £104.34m
39. Tianjin Tianhai – £103.92million
40. Atlético Madrid – £101.88m

41. Marseille – £101.79million
42. Shanghai Shenhua – £101.08m
43. Dynamo Moscow – £96.9m
44. Watford – £96.29million
45. Cruz Azul – £89.62m
46. ​​Al-Ittihad Jeddah – £87.63m
47. Roma – £87.28million
48. Locomotive Moscow – £86.18 million
49. Krasnodar – £85.85m
50. Sheffield United – £84.21m


More from Planet Football

The Premier League’s Big Six net spend per trophy since 2012

The £320m losses Barcelona have made on 15 sales since 2017

Can you name the record departures of all Premier League clubs?

The 50 Most Valuable Teams in the World: Liverpool 3rd, Man Utd 7th…

Leave a Comment