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14-01-2012, 02:21 AM #1
Off the back of 'Arry's comments earlier, I decided to do a little digging and figure out how much each team has shelled out for their currently registered Premier League squad. The figures exclude players out on loan, but they include some players who may not have featured yet, so long as they are able to feature:
BRAD FRIEDEL Free HEURELHO GOMES £9m CARLO CUDICINI Free BENOIT ASSOU-EKOTTO £3.5m MICHAEL DAWSON £4m WILLIAM GALLAS Free LEDLEY KING Free YOUNES KABOUL £5m SEBASTIEN BASSONG £8m VEDRAN CORLUKA £8.5m KYLE WALKER £3m AARON LENNON £1m JAKE LIVERMORE Free TOM HUDDLESTONE £2.5m LUKA MODRIC £16.6m NIKO KRANJCAR £2m GARETH BALE £6m STEVEN PIENAAR £3m DANNY ROSE £1m RAFAEL VAN DER VAART £8m SANDRO £6m ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO £13.8m JERMAIN DEFOE £15m EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR Loan GIOVANI DOS SANTOS £4.7m BEN ALNWICK £900k SCOTT PARKER £5m TOTAL: £126.5m
MANUEL ALMUNIA £2.5m LUKASZ FABIANSKI £2M WOJCIECH SZCZENY Free VITO MANNONE £350k BACARY SAGNA £6M PER MERTESACKER £10m THOMAS VERMAELEN £10m LAURENT KOSCIELNY £10m ANDRE SANTOS £6.2m SEBASTIEN SQUILLACI £4m JOHAN DJOUROU Free CARL JENKINSON Free KIERAN GIBBS Free ABOU DIABY £2m THOMAS ROSICKY £8.8m MIKEL ARTETA £10m AARON RAMSEY £5M ALEX SONG £1M JACK WILSHERE Free ANDREI ARSHAVIN £15m EMMANUEL FRIMPONG Free YOSSI BENAYOUN Loan FRANCIS COQUELIN Free JU-YOUNG PARK £3m ROBIN VAN PERSIE £2.75m THIERRY HENRY Loan THEO WALCOTT £9.1m ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN £12m GERVINHO £10.6m MAROUANE CHAMAKH Free TOTAL: £134.8m
BRAD JONES £2.3m PEPE REINA £6m DONI Free GLEN JOHNSON £17.5m JOSE ENRIQUE £6.3m DANIEL AGGER £5.8m FABIO AURELIO Free MARTIN SKRTEL £6.5m JAMIE CARRAGHER Free STEVEN GERRARD Free MAXI RODRIGUEZ Free STUART DOWNING £20m JAY SPEARING Free LUCAS LEIVA £6m CRAIG BELLAMY Free MARTIN KELLY Free JONJO SHELVEY £1.7m CHARLIE ADAM £7m DIRK KUYT £9m LUIS SUAREZ £23m ANDY CARROLL £35m JOHN FLANAGAN Free JORDAN HENDERSON £16m SEBASTIEN COATES £7m DANNY WILSON £2m TOTAL: £171.1m
LINDEGAARD £3.5m KUSZCZAK £2.15m DE GEA £18.9m EVRA £5.5m JONES £17m FERDINAND £27.55m EVANS Free SMALLING £10m RAFAEL £2.5m FABIO £2.6m VIDIC £7m ANDERSON £15m GIGGS Free PARK £4m CARRICK £18.6m NANI £13.5m YOUNG £17m WELBECK Free HERNANDEZ £6m ROONEY £27m BERBATOV £30.75m OWEN Free MARCHEDA Free SCHOLES Free CLEVERLY Free FLETCHER Free VALENCIA £16m DIOUF £2m TOTAL: £246.55m
PETR CECH £7m ROSS TURNBULL Free HENRIQUE HILARIO Free ALEX £5.7m BRANISLAV IVANOVIC £9m DAVID LUIZ £26m JOHN TERRY Free ASHLEY COLE £5m PAULO FERREIRA £13.2m JOSE BOSINGWA £16.2m MICHAEL ESSIEN £24.4m ORIOL ROMEU £4.35m RAMIRES £18.3m FRANK LAMPARD £11m JOHN OBI-MIKEL £16m RAUL MEIRELES £12m JOSH McEACHRAN Free RYAN BERTRAND Free FLORENT MALOUDA £13.5m JUAN MATA £23.5m DIDIER DROGBA £24m FERNANDO TORRES £50m ROMELU LUKAKU £20m SALOMON KALOU £8m DANIEL STURRIDGE £4m NICOLAS ANELKA £15m TOTAL: £326.15
COSTEL PANTILIMON £6m JOE HART £1.5m GUNNAR NIELSEN Free STUART TAYLOR Tribunal VINCENT KOMPANY £6.7m ALEKSANDER KOLAROV £17m GAEL CLICHY £7m JOLEON LESCOTT £22m STEFAN SAVIC £9m NEDUM ONUHA Free MICAH RICHARDS Free KOLO TOURE £16m PABLO ZABALETA £6.5m GARETH BARRY £12m OWEN HARGREAVES Free ADAM JOHNSON £7m NIGEL DE JONG £16m JAMES MILNER £26m SAMIR NASRI £22m DAVID SILVA £25m YAYA TOURE £24m MARIO BALOTELLI £24.5m EDIN DZEKO £27m SERGIO AGUERO £38m CARLOS TEVEZ £25.5m WAYNE BRIDGE £12m TOTAL: £350.1
Now, I'm not sure whether that exercise throws up any real surprises, but it is still quite interesting. Despite all the praise Wenger receives for assembling a squad of players for a minimal amount, our current squad cost less even than Arsenal's. We spent exactly half of what United spent on their current squad and we have the same points tally after 20 games played, we've virtually spent a 3rd of City and are just 3 points behind them.
Liverpool are 3rd in the list, but a large majority of their expense was accumulated in the last 2 windows and they are 6th in the League right now but Chelsea are the real embarrassment. Over £300m spent on a squad that are 8 points off a team that spent just £125m. Oh dear
. . . and that doesn't even take into account player wages, which we would come out with the least spent by quite some margin.
Pretty impressive really and both Harry & Levy ought to take huge plaudits for such an achievement. We have, essentially, destroyed the commonly held belief that in order to challenge at the top end of the table, you have to spend well in excess of £150m.
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14-01-2012, 02:59 AM #2
To be fair, I think you need to include Bentley in our squad cost, given that he's only on loan because he wasn't good enough for us. Still pretty impressive though
14-01-2012, 03:05 AM #3
As much as I hate to admit it Spurs and Arsenal are very alike.
The only difference is they're ****e.
14-01-2012, 03:14 AM #4
I did some digging on this for a Run of Play piece I wrote. Transfer money spent since 2008 (this is only money spent, this is not factoring in money made back through sales) :
2008 (stats off each teamís 2008/2009 wiki page, each transfer cost listed is than sourced to at least one site)
Man City: 122
Man Utd: 30
2009 (stats from wiki)
Man City: 118
Utd: Three undisclosed fees for Valencia, Obertan and Mame Biram Diouf
Spurs: 28 million
2010 (stats from wiki)
Man City: 143
Man Utd: Five undisclosed transfer fees for Vermijil, Smalling, Hernandez, Bebe and Lindegaard
2011 (stats from Football : English Premier League transfers in 2011/2012 season)
Manchester City: 82
Manchester Utd: 57.7
Cumulative spending for each club since 2008:
Manchester City: 465 (!)
Manchester United: 87.7 (equally !)
The big things that jump out to me when I look at this is that a) Damion Commoli is a huge wildcard on the spending question. If you take away his spending from Spurs and Liverpool, the top 6 break down into a predictable grouping as far as spending goes: The oilball clubs are the top two, United and Liverpool are next, Arsenal and Spurs are bottom. But when you add in his spending, Liverpool jumps up to Chelsea levels and we end up 4th. Another point: SAF, somehow, still doesn't get enough credit for what a phenomenal manager he is. He's wrung trophies out of a team assembled very cheaply as far as transfer costs go. Yes, their wages are higher, but the fees they pay for players are incredibly low. If we're talking about "winning the right way" then the real model of that in England isn't Spurs or Arsenal, but United. They've won trophies with good academy players, a lot of players purchased cheaply while still young or not-as-well-known, and occasionally have splashed out big dollars in recent years. (SAF's success with this year's squad is really mind-boggling. Their central midfield and central defense are non-existent at this point and they're still 2nd in the Prem.)
But yes, if you take away DC's spending in 2008, Spurs look very, very frugal. Esp. compared to the oilball clubs and Liverpool.
* Yes, I don't include the undisclosed fees in compiling United's spending. But even with those added on, they're still probably under 130 million, which puts them lower than us in terms of 2008-2011 spending.
14-01-2012, 03:54 AM #5
It's funny how the pedo has spent the most money on the defense and it's still **** LOL.
14-01-2012, 06:18 AM #6
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14-01-2012, 09:39 AM #8
Luiz was considered one of the best CB prospects in Europe during his time at Benfica, and he certainly look to be the part when he first started out at Chelsea. I think he has the tools to be very good, like Kaboul when he just joined us. He needs time to learn and mature. If not, I think he can be converted into a holding mid. He'll still be better than Mikel for sure.
I also agree we should factor in Bentley in our costs.
14-01-2012, 09:40 AM #9
14-01-2012, 10:27 AM #10
I think it's great what we have achieved on a smaller budget, but it's taken time and patience.
14-01-2012, 10:31 AM #11
100% agree with this.
This squad has been built over a number of years with fiscal forethought and long term success in mind.
We are now beginning to reap the rewards.
14-01-2012, 10:42 AM #12
yeah, all this recent talk of spurs expenditure is kind of hiding the facts behind the bucks:-
Total: 2006 to 2011 (not including January 2011 transfers) £in / £out / £net (-/+)
 Manchester City: £471.284.000 / £94.402.000 / -£376.882.000
 Tottenham: £317.460.000 / £153.252.000 / -£164.208.000
 Liverpool: £246.686.000 / £174.894.000 / -£71.792.000
 Chelsea: £222.332.000 / £140.417.000 / -£81.915.000
 Manchester United: £204.515.000 / £174.275.000 / -£30.240.000
 Arsenal: £100.034.000 / £135.276.000 / +£35.242.000
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14-01-2012, 10:58 AM #13
But again, that flatters Chelsea, as they had some absurd spending in the earliest of the Abramovich years, 03-06, plus it doesn't cover their window last winter which was abnormally large as well.
It's all a rich tapestry.
14-01-2012, 01:17 PM #14
You also have to reckon on the resale/current value of squads.Obviously $ity players have no resale value cos they just loan em out .No doubt we have some prestige players with high value tags (modders,bale inparticular),arse RVP&song aside not so much,relatively we look fine with spend-sale with current value of our squad.Citeh i would suggest have negative equatiy.
15-01-2012, 11:41 PM #15
That completely misses the point of this exercise as Bentley cannot and has not featured for us this season. I could've included Joe Cole for Liverpool, Yossi Benayoun for Chelsea, Emmanuel Adebayor for City and so on, but I didn't as none of them have contributed to the season that their parent club is having & some of them are actually contributing to other teams (including ourselves in Manny's case) in the same competition!!
I know that, technically, Bentley has only been on loan to West Ham and now that he's back at Spurs (albeit injured) he could still play for us, he has not been REGISTERED as a Premier League player for Spurs this season and has never been part of our 25 man squad nor is he under 21 anymore.
Every other player on all the lists is part of these teams' registered 25-man Premier League squad or is under 21 and has featured at some point in the League.
That may be (although many of those Spurs fees you quoted are WAY off!!) but this exercise was really for the 2011/12 team that have us competing for the title against squads that have been assembled for far more money.
Using expenditure between 2006-2011 is just irrelevant in this case as it conveniently misses out the money spent in this last summer window, where we spent f-all and everyone else spent hundreds of millions!! considering we are talking about the season directly after that window, it kind of warrants inclusion!
Besides, Harry was only even at the club since October 2008, so most of that spending took place under a different regime. It doesn't look great for Comolli to be honest. Most of the high expenditure at Spurs, where we paid way over the odds for average players, occurred during the Comolli years and we were never really much better than average, certainly not enough to justify the money spent over that period. Now he's at Liverpool and most of the money they've spent has come since his arrival! Not only that, but they've now similarly overspent on average players and look no better than a 6th place team!!
Also, it's easy to say this has been spent here and that has been spent there but when evaluating a squad and it's current successes, the only relevant information in this particular argument is how much that specific squad cost. How much we paid for Peter Crouch, for example, does not matter as he has not been part of the team that has us pushing for the title against other squads who cost much more.
More important still is the overall cost, which would include each players' wages over the course of their contract. That is where Spurs truly come out on top as we know we spend significantly less on wages than our rivals and we always have done.
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