By Oliver Dawnay
10th February 2020,
Chelsea were the world’s most profitable club in the transfer market in the last two years, according to newly-released data.
The Blues, who were banned from signing players last summer for the illegal dealings of youth players, spent just £38million on Croatia international Mateo Kovacic but recouped a staggering £173.7m in sales.
According to the CIES Football Observatory, Real Madrid – who signed Eden Hazard from the London club for an initial £85m plus add-ons fee – were the least profitable club with £153m in negative balance.
Remarkably, Premier League newcomers Aston Villa were second on the list, having spent a whopping £146m and earning just £2.5m.
England’s top flight had the biggest net deficit of Europe’s big five leagues, spending £715m more than they earned, while France’s Ligue 1 was in the positive with a net profit of £90m.
Chelsea, who recorded a loss of £96m for the year ending June 30, 2019, were the only Premier League team in the top 10 in terms of net earners.
Meanwhile, Portuguese outfit Benfica, who sold Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid last summer for a reported £113m, were in second place with a net profit of £141m, while Ajax came third in the list following their sale of Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong to Juventus and Barcelona respectively.
Manchester United and Tottenham joined Aston Villa on the list in fourth and fifth respectively, spending £128m and £119m more than they earned, while Arsenal were in 11th place, spending £72m more than they earned.