Chelsea News: Marina Granovskaia’s transfer masterplan gives Chelsea £578m edge

Chelsea have earned more money than any of their Premier League rivals in player sales since the summer of 2016, according to new data published by CIES’s Football Observatory.

The West London club have made more on sales than any other Premier League side since 2016

The West London club have made £578million on player sales, headlined by the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for a fee that could rise to £150million in the summer of 2019. Liverpool have earned the next best return of English sides with £415million.

Only three teams across Europe’s big five leagues have made more money on sales over the same period of time as Chelsea – Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 club have made £664million in sales, leading to a net profit of £115million. The only clubs to have seen a better return are fellow French clubs Lille (£167million) and Lyon (£132million), plus Serie A’s Atalanta (£116million).

Chelsea have splurged £847million on new signings, including more than £200million last summer, which is also the fourth highest total across the continent. Barcelona have spent the most, £1.025billion, with Manchester City second on £881million and Juventus on £875million.

The overall picture is concerning for Premier League clubs, who have also been greatly impacted by the loss of matchday revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Both Manchester clubs have the biggest net deficit – City £552million, United £516million – while no Premier League team has made an overall profit.

CIES said: “The least negative net spending was recorded for Southampton (-£43.8million), ahead of West Bromwich Albion (-£64million) and Newcastle United (-£67.4million).”

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