English Premier League 2015-16 summer transfers: Spending more than a billion Euro in a transfer window is just a norm. Yes, English Premier League it is! Summer transfers 2015 has witnessed a total expenditure of 1.2 billion Euro and a total net expenditure of 580 million Euro. The highly commercialized league is quite capable of entertaining such lucrative market. You could only nod your head when the newly promoted Watford spends 49 million Euro to sign new players.
Manchester Clubs spent 30% of the entire EPL transfer expenditure: A football club spending more than a 100 Million Euro is no longer a sensational news. Perhaps, the mark has doubled – we have one club crossing 200 million mark and 2 clubs crossing 100 million mark.
1. Manchester City has spent 200 Million Euro in 2015-16 summer transfer season. The Abu Dhabi owners will be glad that their current performance justifies the truck load of money spent.
2. Manchester United and Liverpool have spent 140 million Euro and 112 million Euro respectively. These 2 clubs have had the most expensive signings away from their clubs.
Failure of EPL transfer signings: 7 clubs (United, Liverpool, Spurs, City, Villa, Chelsea and Saints) have earned more than 500 million Euro (85% of the total) by selling their players. This does not mean that EPL clubs are becoming feeder clubs. For the league with maximum transfer spending, this means that the bulk of transfers done over the previous years are ending up as failures. In the top 10 expensive players to leave an EPL club this season, 5 went to other leagues. All 5 of them were signed either in 2013 or 2014 – Ángel Di María (2014), Álvaro Negredo (2013), Roberto Soldado (2013), Filipe Luís (2014), Paulinho (2013). Failures of EPL signings are just massive.
City’s unprecedented transfer kitty: Manchester City’s net expenditure is greater than the combined net expenditure of United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. This is their fifth time to have a net transfer spending of more than 100 million Euro. While everyone knows this, what many does not know is that net transfer spend of Newcastle United, Watford, West Ham, Sunderland, West Brom, Bournemouth, Leicester City and Crystal Palace is more than seasoned big spenders and defending champions Chelsea. With the blues’ results this season, it’s evident that they should have spent more and early. City outsmarted Chelsea this time, José might be right.
Arsène Wenger is back to his parsimonious ways: Arsenal started with a blow to London rivals Chelsea by signing EPL hero Petr Čech. Since addressing their pervasive defensive problem, Arsène Wenger hibernated. Either he was upset with the analysts’ views on his team’s unusually high transfer spending in the last 2 seasons or he considered spending unnecessary based on Arsenal’s brilliant preseason performance. Unless Wenger unleashes money, he can’t expect drastic improvement in performance like what happened after Christmas last season.
Being a big fan of English Premier League, I certainly hope not to see the expensive players in the signed list to sold list. However, past evidence says otherwise with half the top 10 expensive sold players signed only a year or two before. Fingers crossed!