Mercato: Chelsea crushes the competition


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It didn’t escape anyone. During this winter transfer window, Chelsea have spent lavishly to afford six recruits (Mudryk, Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Datro Fofana, João Felix and Madueke), after having already released large sums of money this summer. It’s probably not over because the names of Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez and Malo Gusto, as we’ve been reporting for a few days, are mentioned to strengthen the Blues before January 31. Since the start of the season, however, the English club has spent €476 million (excluding bonuses) according to CIES, €555 million with bonuses. This is double that of its runner-up, Manchester United (€272m with bonus).

Proof that the balance of power has changed since the arrival of Todd Boehly, even the main English clubs cannot compete. This is confirmed by the Football Observatory in the weekly letter, which draws up its ranking of the biggest spenders since the resumption of the summer. To complete the podium, we obviously remain in the Premier League with the presence of West Ham (€191m excluding bonuses, €237m with bonuses), which is just ahead of Nottingham Forest (€177m excluding bonuses, €233m including bonus), promoted to the first division and the club which has recruited the greatest number of players.

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Wolverhampton is 5th and this is where we find the first non-English players. FC Barcelona, ​​thanks to its famous economic levers, managed to spend 162 M€ (203 with bonus), ahead of PSG, 7th, with its 175 M€ paid in transfer compensation (191 with bonus). It’s not in its DNA but Bayern Munich ranks 8th after spending €148m (€185m with bonuses) but you have to fight with the competition or risk being downgraded sportingly. This top 10 ends with two new English teams with Leeds (€147m without bonuses, 179 with) and Arsenal (€157m which rises to €173m with bonuses).

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It is a constant in this ranking, all Premier League clubs are present in the top 50, except Leicester, 51st “only”. In January alone, Premier League players spent €500m on the transfer market. This is ten times more than its closest pursuer, the Bundesliga, which put in just under €50 million, when La Liga has around €25 million in compensation paid, 20 for L1 and less than 10 for Serie A. In the CIES ranking, there are also 5 other French clubs with OM (90 and 103 M€), Stade Rennais (76 M€ excluding bonus, 85 with), Nice (67 M€ without bonus , 76 with), RC Lens (€40m excluding bonuses, 49 including bonuses) and AS Monaco (43 and 46).

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