Which Premier League Club Is The Biggest Spender In The Last Decade?

Which Premier League club is the biggest spender in the last decade? You may be surprised by the results.

According to a recent survey by Deloitte, Premier League clubs have spent more than £4.4bn on players since the transfer window was introduced 10 years ago.

Here are the top 20 spenders in the Premier League since the transfer window debuted in 2003, including the number of trophies each club has won:

  1. Chelsea, £673 million — 12 trophies — 3 Premier League titles (2o05, 2006, 2010), 1 Champions League (2012), 4 FA Cups (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012), 2 League Cups (2005, 2007) and 2 Community Shields (2005, 2009).
  2. Manchester City, £572 million — 3 trophies — 1 Premier League title (2012), 1 FA Cup (2011) and 1 Community Shield (2012).
  3. Liverpool, £414 million — 6 trophies — 1 Champions League (2005), 1 UEFA Super Cup (2005), 1 FA Cup (2006), 2 League Cups (2003, 2012) and 1 Community Shield (2006).
  4. Manchester United, £352 million — 16 trophies — 5 Premier League titles (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), 1 Champions League (2008), 1 FA Cup (2004), 3 League Cups (2006, 2009, 2010), 5 Community Shields (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) and 1 FIFA Club World Cup (2008).
  5. Tottenham Hotspur, £350 million — 1 trophy — 1 League Cup (2008).
  6. Arsenal, £214 million — 4 trophies — 1 Premier League title (2004), 2 FA Cups (2003, 2005) and 1 Community Shield (2004).
  7. Aston Villa, £201 million — 0 trophies
  8. Sunderland, £187 million — 0 trophies
  9. Newcastle United, £174 million — 1 trophy — 1 Intertoto Cup (2006).
  10. Everton, £129 million — 0 trophies
  11. West Ham United, £123 million — 0 trophies
  12. Wigan Athletic, £110 million — 0 trophies
  13. Fulham, £107 million — 0 trophies
  14. Portsmouth, £100 million — 1 trophy — 1 FA Cup (2008).
  15. Birmingham City, £92 million — 1 trophy — 1 League Cup (2011).
  16. Blackburn Rovers, £87 million — 0 trophies
  17. Stoke City, £84 million — 0 trophies
  18. Bolton Wanderers, £76 million — 0 trophies
  19. Middlesbrough, £71 million — 1 trophies — 1 League Cup (2004).
  20. West Bromwich Albion, £64 million — 0 trophies
Some of the interesting points that can be gleaned from the above data:
  • Manchester United is certainly the model of success, having spent less than many of its closest rivals but having garnered far more trophies,
  • Manchester City’s spending is immense when you consider that most of it was conducted in the past five years,
  • Liverpool has spent almost four times as much as neighbors Everton,
  • In the North London derby, Arsenal has spent £136 million less than Tottenham Hotspur but have won 3 more trophies,
  • Wigan often is perceived as a thrifty small town club, but as you can see from the above data, the club has spent more than a few of its rivals.

What are some of the interesting takeaways you see from the above list?

H/T ToffeeWeb

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