The Saints saw a number of first-team players leave St Mary’s this summer, but whilst their squad has been weakened, their financial security has been confirmed.
20 players led the club in total, with 13 of those on permanent deals, and due to the high profile departures of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers, the club raked in a sizeable transfer profit of €120m - equating to roughly £96 million.
Courtesy of work done by FIFA agent and former Barcelona marketing officer Esteve Calzada, who presented his findings at the Soccerex Transfer Review, the Saints can claim the title of earning the most money of any European club this summer through transfer sales.
The Saints were grateful for the profits received from their player sales, with the South Coast club re-investing heavily in the playing squad, with the arrival of six players on fee-paying deals.
However, Southampton were not the only Premier League to set a record this summer, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool also raking in club record incomes - with Financial Fair Play starting to have an effect.
Despite accounts not having been released for the three top-flight giants, the sales of David Luiz and Luis Suarez meant that Chelsea and Liverpool have received roughly £85 million and £81 million respectively.
City’s record is much lower, although their income - believed to be £30 million - was necessary with FFP regulations potentially ending Champions League participation. Alvaro Negredo, Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell all left Manchester for sizeable fees, and their departures almost halved City’s net spend this summer to £28 million.
Whilst FFP is still in its infancy, these reports suggest that clubs are well award of the strict guidelines that they must adhere to if they want to continue to compete - and it is good to see that clubs are taking their futures into their own hands.