Where every Premier League club has bought transfers the most this century


London teams like to keep the money in the capital, but no club shops more than Bournemouth. They had more players at Southampton than Liverpool.

Here is the club each Premier League side have taken the most players to since 2000…

Arsenal: Chelsea – 6
Players recruited: Petr Cech, David Luiz, Lassana Diarra, Willian, William Gallas, Yossi Benayoun
Total spent: £23.04m

The Gunners have withdrawn half a dozen players from Chelsea, but have spent more with 19 other clubs since 2000. Lille, Dortmund and Real Madrid have benefited the most.

Aston Villa: Tottenham – 8
Players signed: Alan Hutton, Wayne Routledge, Jermaine Jenas, Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker, Simon Dawkins, Öyvind Leonhardsen, David Ginola.
Total spent: £6.48 million

Villa took most players from Spurs, but they spent the most at Brentford, spending £52m on three players between 2017 and 2020.

Bournemouth: Southampton – 17
Players Signed: Shane Long, Artur Boruc, Lee Barnard, Danny Seaborne, Andrew Surman, Matt Mills, Leon Best, Simon Gillett, David McGoldrick, Adam Lallana, Jake Thomson, Ryan Doble, Martin Cranie, Alan Blayney, Scott McDonald, Neil Mousse , Dani Rodrigues
Total spent: £0

All but two of those 17 former Saints were loan deals between South Coast clubs. The Cherries like to buy locally – Pompey are the club from which they have taken the second most players.

Brentford: Reading – 12
Players signed: Paul Brooker, Alan Bennett, John Halls, Mikkel Andersen, Alex McCarthy, Simon Cox, Nicholas Bignall, Lloyd Owusu, Ben Hamer, John Salako, Ricky Newman, Anthony Rougier
Total spent: £0

The Bees had a dozen players for f*** all off Reading. They spent the most at Celtic after dropping £14.13m for Kristoffer Ajer.

Brighton: Fulham – 7
Players Signed: David Button, David Stockdale, Paul Brooker, Ross Flitney, Zesh Rehman, Simon Morgan, Ross Flitney
Total spent: £5.25 million

The Seagulls spent the most at PSV Eindhoven after throwing £27million on Jurgen Locadia and Davy Propper.

Chelsea: Barcelona – 7
The players signed: Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Boudewijn Zenden, Emmanuel Petit, Deco, Juliano Belletti, Winston Bogarde
Total spent: £89.91m

Chelsea bought more from Barca but spent the most with Real Madrid – £126.9m on Alvaro Morata, Mateo Kovacic, Claude Makelele, Geremi and Mateo Kovacic.

Crystal Palace: West Ham – 7
Players signed: James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate, Carl Fletcher, Freddie Sears, Kyel Reid, Neil Ruddock, Paul Kitson.
Total spent: £20.7 million

The Eagles also pulled seven players from Birmingham, but the Blues only pocketed £4.55million.

Everton: Manchester United – 8
Players Signed: Morgan Schneiderlin, Phil Neville, Tim Howard, Darron Gibson, Donny van de Beek, Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverley, Louis Saha, Jesper Blomqvist
Total spent: £29.79m

Everton have done United a favor over the past two decades. Hands down who else has completely forgotten about Blomqvist’s 15-game spell with the Toffees…

Fulham: Tottenham – 8
Players Signed: Scott Parker, Michael Brown, Lewis Holtby, Danny Murphy, Josh Onomah, Paulo Gazzaniga, Wayne Routledge, Paul Stalteri
Total spent: £5.94 million

It’s a well-trodden path between Craven Cottage and White Hart Lane, but the Cottagers made a net profit of £50m on their London rivals.

Leeds: Leicester – 13
Players Signed: Chris Wood, Lee Peltier, Alan Sheehan, Radostin Kishishev, Mark de Vries, Patrick Kisnorbo, Darren Kenton, Paul Dickov, Kevin Pressman, Max Gradel, Steve Guppy, Craig Hignett, Nathan Blake
Total spent: £4.1 million

Leeds have taken some slag out of Leicester’s hands, but aside from Valencia, having splashed out £27million on Rodrigo, the Whites have spent more on Man Utd players than on signings from any other club.

Leicester: Manchester City – 8
Players Signed: Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Dickov, Michael Johnson, Kelvin Etuhu, Ryan McGivern, Ben Mee, Steve Howey, Danny Tiatto
Total spent: £26.28m

Half of Leicester’s deals with City have been on loan. They spent more with five clubs: Monaco, Sporting Lisbon, Saint-Etienne, Newcastle and RB Salzburg.

Liverpool: Southampton – 8
Players signed: Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Peter Crouch, Rickie Lambert, Paul Jones
Total spent: £194.27 million

The Reds have spent £70m more with Southampton than any other club. Roma have cashed £124million in checks from Liverpool for five players since 2000.

Manchester City: Aston Villa – 7
Players signed: Jack Grealish, James Milner, Gareth Barry, Fabian Delph, Darius Vassell, Stuart Taylor, Peter Schmeichel
Total spent: £151.65 million

Before City spent £100m on Grealish, Benfica profited more than anyone from the champions’ wealth, with £115m ending up in the Portuguese club’s account in exchange for Ederson, Ruben Dias and Javi Garcia.


Every Premier League club since 2017 ranked by net spend


Manchester United: Sporting Lisbon – 4
Players signed: Bruno Fernandes, Nani, Marcos Rojo, Cristiano Ronaldo
Total spent: £114.75 million

United have also bought four from Monaco this century, but their spending on Anthony Martial, Fabien Barthez, Patrice Evra and Radamel Falcao totaled £78.57million.

Newcastle: Chelsea – 7
The players signed: Damien Duff, Scott Parker, Christian Atsu, Kenedy, Geremi, Celestine Babayaro, Patrick van Aanholt
Total spent: £29.70m

Aside from Hoffenheim, who appeared to have robbed Newcastle of £40m before Joelinton became Bryan Robson in 2022, Deportivo La Coruna have made the most of the Magpies’ recruitment, bringing in £38.4m for Albert Luque, Fabricio Coloccini, Fabian Schar and Dennis Wise’s companion, Xisco.

Nottingham Forest: Olympiakos – 10
Players recruited: Djamel Abdoun, Rafik Djebbour, Pajtim Kasami, Matt Derbyshire, Stefanos Kapino, Miguel Ángel Guerrero, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Cafu, Mohamed Drager, Andreas Bouchalakis
Total spent: £3.33 million

Forest and Olympiacos share the same owner, Evangelos Marinakis, and seem to like sharing players, with four going the other way since 2018.

Southampton: Tottenham – 10
Players signed: Kyle Walker-Peters, Grzegorz Rasiak, Tommy Forecast, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jamie Redknapp, Kasey Keller, Calum Davenport, Iago Falque, Philip Ifil, Tomas Pekhart
Total spent: £15.03m

To answer your question, Tommy Forecast is a goalkeeper who moved to Saints for £100,000 on a five-year deal as part of Gareth Bale’s sell clause renegotiation. Forecast never played for the Saints and was loaned out to Grimsby. He made his debut in a 4-0 loss to Crewe and his performance was featured in the The Crewe Chronicle as “one of the most scandalously incompetent displays the Football League has ever seen”. It’s an absolute gutting.

Tottenham: Fulham – 5
Players signed: Ryan Sessegnon, Mousa Dembele, Clint Dempsey, Sean Davis, Steed Malbranque
Total spent: £55.53m

Spurs also pulled five from Southampton, PSV Eindhoven, Portsmouth and West Ham, but Fulham collected more money.

West Ham: Arsenal – 11
The players signed: Freddie Ljungberg, Lucas Pérez, Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson, Marouane Chamakh, Manuel Almunia, Jérémie Aliadière, Henri Lansbury, Davor Suker, Nigel Winterburn, Rami Shaaban
Total spent: £8.01m

The days of West Ham taking Arsenal rejections may be over if they play their cards right.

wolves: Sunderland- 11
The players signed: Greg Halford, Jody Craddock, Alex Rae, Paul Butler, Stephen Elliott, Neill Collins, Gary Breen, Danny Graham, Carlos Edwards, Darren Ward, Joachim Björklund
Total spent: £7.76 million

Wolves took an XI from the Black Cats, but only one of those deals – to borrow Danny Graham – has been done since 2009.

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