Last summer the Premier League teams spent a record total of £630 million with Tottenham and Manchester City leading the spending with over £100 million shelled out each on new talent, but who will spend the most this summer?
Manchester City (£51.5m so far)
The Citizens are unlikely to reach the £103.2 million outlay of last season (£89.8 million net spend) due to the FFP regulations and the controversy they have already caused by failing to comply. They have been astute in their signing of players on free transfers such as Bacary Sagna. So far Eliaquim Mangala is their most expensive signing at a reported £32 million.
Liverpool (£89m so far)
Liverpool’s challenge in the Champions League this season and their sale of Luis Suarez to the tune of £75 million has already and will impact further on the Reds’ spending. They are so far the closest to that £100 million mark and could only need to buy one more relatively low-cost player to cross that mark. However, Liverpool’s net spend sounds much healthier at just £11.5 million at present. Daniel Agger could go out yet and Brendan Rodgers has already indicated there will be another addition will come in at Anfield before the window closes.
Chelsea (£85m so far)
The Blues spent £109.7 million last season (£53 million net spend) and having brought in players to cover the release of veterans Frank Lampard, and Ashley Cole along with the £50 million gained in the sale of David Luiz. Jose Mourinho will likely to continue his clear plan of buying youth players and sending them out on loan to develop which has served them well – their £28 million sale of Romelu Lukaku being a great example of this business plan working.
The lack of silverware last term could be a factor for consideration but perhaps Chelsea won't quite be the biggest spenders in this window, especially that Mourinho has spent a total of £194.7 million since his return to Stamford Bridge just over a year ago.
Arsenal (£66m so far)
Arsenal finally have the money to compete in the market this summer, their sponsorship deals coming good as well as the added injection of funds from the transfers of Carlos Vela and Cesc Fabregas, as well as captain Thomas Vermaelen. However, just because the money is there doesn’t mean the infamously frugal Arsene Wenger will be dipping his hands into his pocket more than absolutely necessary.
It's fair to expect a replacement for Vermaelen to come in as well as potentially that elusive defensive midfielder the fans so desire but don't expect the Gunners to break their own records, having made Alexis Sanchez their marquee signing this summer following Mesut Ozil in the door from La Liga, unless of course that one special player becomes available late in the window.
Manchester United (£56m so far)
Along with Liverpool, the Red Devils could be favourites to be the biggest spenders this window. They’ve spent a lot of money on just a few players so far and if they continue in that manner, there’s no reason they couldn’t and wouldn’t double their current outlay. They are heavily linked with Arturo Vidal who, if a deal could be agreed, could break that £100 million mark alone. With at least a couple of players expected to be moved on as well, and the club’s disappointing season last term as context, it’s possible the club will want to reinvest and keep the fans happy and the brand secure.
Tottenham (£7.5m so far)
Spurs have so far done very little spending, in contrast to this time last year. Of course they don’t have the world’s most expensive player on their books anymore but the new manager and the new era that he brings with him could see more players go out and, subsequently, new additions come in but it’s most unlikely that Tottenham will spend anywhere near £100 million as they did last summer.