Which clubs have the highest net transfer spend? Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG
Manchester United have not had a great time of things in the last decade or so. Between the start of the Premier League in 1992 and Sir Alex Fergusons retirement as manager in the summer of 2013, the Red Devils won 13 league titles out of a possible 21, the Champions League twice and numerous domestic cups.
Since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, however, things have been rather different, with just two League Cup wins, one FA Cup triumph and a first-ever victory in the Europa League, a competition theyd rather not even play in. It has not, however, been down to a lack of investment in the playing roster.
A study carried out by Swiss-bases research institute CIES Football Observatory has revealed that since the summer of 2014, a year after their on-field troubles set in, United have had a higher net transfer spend (i.e. spent more money on players than they have received) than any other club on the planet bar none. And, as the table below shows, its not even particularly close, with second-placed Chelsea nearly $400 million better off.