Who does business with the Big Six? And who’s next?

Date published: Saturday 8th June 2019 8:31

We look at the six clubs over five seasons to see where they are buying players from…and where they are sending/selling them to. Oh and who could be on the move next…

 

MANCHESTER CITY
Most money paid to: Monaco
Almost £100m has been shovelled in the direction of the French principality for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva. It now feels almost perverse that Mendy cost the most money of the pair.
Next? Youri Tielemans? A pretty much perfect fit for a side that needs central midfielders.

Most money received from: Valencia
The Spanish club paid good money for Alvaro Negredo after a loan, but chose not to stump up for Eliaquim Mangala or Bruno Zuculini (River Plate, to save you a Google) after their rather less impressive temporary spells.
Next? Aleix Garcia? Girona’s relegation leaves him without a Spanish club to join.

 

LIVERPOOL
Most money paid to: Southampton
Of course. Over £180m has been sent down to Southampton by Liverpool over the last five years for Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne and Virgil van Dijk. Most of it has been excellently spent. And then there was Rickie Lambert.
Next? Nathan Redmond? He would be excellent back-up for Mane.

Most money received from: Barcelona
Selling Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho can do wonders for your bank account. They also offer neatly contrasting lessons on how to spend and how not to spend a large transfer windfall.
Next? Mo Salah would be the obvious choice, but Liverpool have never been in a better position to resist bids.

 

CHELSEA
Most money paid to: Athletic Bilbao
And it all went on the keeper Kepa. Elsewhere, Chelsea spent a fair whack of money on trying to recreate Leicester’s title-winning midfield and utterly failed.
Next? Well, nobody obviously.

Most money received from: Atletico Madrid
Diego Costa and Filipe Luis have raised about £75m for Chelsea for two 29-year-olds over the last five years. Unfortunately, they got nothing for Fernando Torres.
Next? Alvaro Morata is desperate to make his loan move permanent at the end of his 18-month spell.

 

TOTTENHAM
Most money paid to: PSG
Tottenham have not paid £20m-plus for too many players over the last five years, but two of those players came from PSG. Oh and neither started (which was harsh for Lucas Moura and not so harsh for Serge Aurier) the Champions League final played within two years of their quite expensive arrivals.
Next? Julian Draxler? He could be the perfect replacement for Christian Eriksen.

Most money received from: Manchester City
Lots of Spurs players have joined Hull or Swansea, but Kyle Walker is the only player to leave Spurs for big money over the last five years. Which is remarkable considering their relative poverty.
Next? Who might Man City want from Spurs? We have a sneaking suspicion that Pep would take Danny Rose on the cheap, but we wouldn’t expect Tottenham to sell.

 

ARSENAL
Most money paid to: Borussia Dortmund
The short-lived relationship between Sven Mislintat brought Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Sokratis to north London for the combined price of around £76m. Right now it looks like money almost well spent.
Next? This week’s link with Mario Gotze is intriguing; they really do need a playmaker and he would be cheap with just a year left on his contract.

Most money received from: Liverpool
The £35m Arsenal trousered from the sale of a player who was not integral to Arsene Wenger’s plans looked like a no-brainer of a deal until they then allowed Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free transfer and realised they had no more goalscoring midfielders.
Next? Ramsey went elsewhere despite reported Liverpool interest and it’s hard to pinpoint any other Arsenal players who could strengthen Liverpool, though Alexandre Lacazette certainly has the requisite work rate.

 

 

MANCHESTER UNITED
Most money paid to: Juventus
Almost £90m and still a British transfer record paid to the serial Serie A champions for a player that many Manchester United fans would not now want anywhere near a first XI. It’s fair to say that things have not gone well.
Next? Paulo Dybala is a name oft-mentioned this summer as United ignore his latest five-goal season in favour of concentrating on the 22 Serie A goals he scored the season before. He would cost almost as much as Pogba so perhaps a little caution should be observed.

Most money received from: PSG
Talking of caution not observed, United spent the best part of £60m on Angel Di Maria and then had to be super-chuffed with the £44m they received from PSG for the Argentine a year later. That figure should be usurped if they sell either Pogba or Romelu Lukaku this summer.
Next? Ander Herrera on a free transfer, so the story goes.

 

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