Net Spend table: Manchester City dominate, Chelsea follow, but was it worthwhile?

How Manchester City's net spend compares with the rest of the Premier League, including title rivals Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Manchester City did not enjoy a positive summer in the transfer market in 2012 and sought to make quick amends in 2013.

They splashed out huge money on players like Fernandinho (£30 million) and Jesus Navas (£22.9 million), while they recouped some of it with the £12 million sale of Carlos Tevez.

Stevan Jovetic (£25.8 million) and Alvaro Negredo (£20.6 million) were equally as significant transfers financially, and helped Manchester City accrue a net spend of £86 million for the summer of 2013.*

That is unsurprisingly the highest in the Premier League, dwarfing their closest rivals Chelsea whose net spend totalled at 'only' £60.7 million.

Chelsea's big expenditures were on Willian (£32 million) and Andre Schurrle (£18 million), while the most they received was a £2.5 million fee for Jeffrey Bruma.

You can see how the two club's mega-spending compares to the rest of the Premier League in the table below:

* Figures taken from

Summer 2013 Net Spend


So was it all worth it? 

Ultimately that is a question we can only answer at the end of the season, for history has shown us the fallacy of judging teams three months into the season.

What is clear both both City and Chelsea is that the combination of marrying big expenditure with a new manager brings with it huge transition and challenge, which are not simply overcome instantly.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool who sit above the two teams in blue spent far less, but have the stability in management which has helped afford them a good start. Some things money can't buy.

The expenditure must be assessed in an all round (dare we say holistic) view, taking in both clubs' Champions League performances, with both clubs going strong, it is clear that surely the pieces of the puzzle are there.

The pressure will increase on the managers to get it right in the Premier League, or spending so freely next summer may become an unattainable luxury.

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