2014/15 Premier League spending over £950m
Tue 3rd Feb 2015 | Money & Finance
Premier League clubs spent around £130m in the January transfer window, according to analysis by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. This was the same amount spent in January 2014 (£130m), but significantly less than the record level seen in January 2011 (£225m).
Dan Jones, Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, commented: “Given the record level of spending seen in the summer, it is not entirely surprising that we haven’t seen a new record for the January window. However, with all Premier League clubs recording record revenues, we might have expected one or two more major deals in this window.
“Despite the relative restraint we have seen in the January window, 2014/15 is still a record season for Premier League spending. Last season saw Premier League spending surpass the £700m threshold for the first time, and the revenue growth at Premier League clubs is such that they have been able to record a combined transfer spend this season of over £950m.”
Some of the key findings from the analysis of the January 2015 transfer window include:
- Premier League clubs spent £130m to acquire new players in the January 2015 transfer window (2014: £130m; 2013: £120m; 2012: £60m; 2011: £225m). A summary of Premier League clubs’ player transfer fees spending for each of the previous January transfer windows (2003-15) is set out in the chart below.
- The acquisition of new players from overseas clubs accounted for £65m (50%) of Premier League clubs’ gross transfer spending, followed by acquisitions from fellow Premier League clubs (£55m, 42%), and acquisitions from Football League clubs (£10m, 8%).
- Premier League clubs concluded around £45m of player transfer fees on deadline day, slightly more than was seen on the January deadline day last year (2014: £35m).
- Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have been the biggest gross spenders in this window, accounting for around 50% of the total Premier League spend.
- In aggregate, Premier League clubs have now spent over £1.3 billion to acquire new players in the 13 January transfer windows (2003-15). On average, the clubs’ transfer spending in January is equivalent to around one-fifth of total transfer spending in each year.
- Premier League clubs’ net transfer spend was around £40m (2014: £35m; 2013: £70m; 2012: £25m; 2011: £90m), this being the net amount that flows to overseas clubs and Football League clubs. Player transfers out of the Premier League generated around £30m of receivables for the clubs, including from the transfer of André Schürrle to Wolfsburg.
- Over the past decade, Premier League clubs’ January transfer spending has typically exceeded that of other European leagues. This is due in part to the Premier League’s long-established mechanism that distributes broadcasting revenues on a more equal basis compared to the other big five leagues.
- Top division clubs in Italy are the second highest gross spenders this January, with total reported transfer spending of around 50% of the Premier League total. Total transfer spending by top division clubs in both Germany and Spain was around 40% of that by Premier League clubs. Meanwhile gross transfer spending by French clubs was around a quarter of that seen at Premier League clubs.
Posted by: Kev Howland
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