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Manchester City Have Conducted Their Spending Since 2020 Wisely Compared To Premier League Rivals Including Chelsea And Man United

A new study has highlighted the spending of Premier League clubs during the Covid-19 pandemic, showing Manchester City to be one of the more responsible of the big-spending sides.

One headline from the study, taking into account the last three transfer windows from summer 2020, January 2021 and summer 2021, is that Manchester City are the second biggest outright spenders in the Premier League during that time.

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The CIES Football Observatory found that City spent £277m over the last three windows, including the £100m purchase of Jack Grealish. Only Chelsea, with a huge £346m outlay, have spent more in Europe, thanks to their purchases of Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner among others.

However, when outgoing transfers are accounted for, five Premier League rivals have spent a higher net figure on transfers during the pandemic than City.

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The report explains how City have recouped an impressive £136.2m in transfer fees over the last year, giving them an overall net spend of £140.8m, at an average of £46.9m per transfer window.

In contrast, United have a European-high net spend of £187m thanks to their signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, Donny van de Beek and Cristiano Ronaldo to account for most of that figure.

Also above City are Chelsea, who still spent a net £176m despite generating £170m of sales. Arsenal, with a net spend of £166m are third in the list, while Leeds are a surprise name in fourth after spending net £160m – which includes the £11m signing of Jack Harrison from City and £30m addition of Daniel James from United.

Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain also spent over £100m after incomings have been accounted for, with Aston Villa and Roma completing the top ten.

City have obviously spent a lot, but their ability to recoup a significant proportion of almost half of their spending shows how they have been able to manage the pandemic better than most of their rivals – potentially handing them an advantage in future transfer windows.

 

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