Chelsea’s squad has been the fifth costliest to assemble in Europe, according to a new report from CIES’ Football Observatory.
The West London club have committed an eye-watering €780m (£669m) in transfer fees for the current group of players at Thomas Tuchel’s disposal.
That figure includes €44m of add-ons and has risen by €17m compared to this time last year.
While Romelu Lukaku returned from Inter Milan for £103m in addition to a reported £4m fee to sign Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid, a number of departures including Kurt Zouma to West Ham and Davide Zappacosta to Atalanta has helped balance the costs.
The formula also accounts for loan deals but the sales of Fikayo Tomori to Milan and Tammy Abraham to Roma are not included as they emerged from the academy.
Chelsea are one of half a dozen Premier League clubs in the top 10. Manchester City (€1.08bn) and Manchester United (€1.02bn) lead the way behind Paris Saint-Germain (€939m), Real Madrid (€787m) before the Blues.
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are in eighth and tenth place respectively with outlays of €630m and €551m.
Of the 20 top flight clubs Norwich City have spent the least, €87m, followed by Watford on €97m and new boys Brentford on €109m. West Ham United’s squad has cost €302m with Crystal Palace on €240m.
The average transfer fees committed per team averages €407m, CIES says, which dwarves the least costly of Europe’s big five leagues – France’s Ligue 1 on €130m, a figure massaged by PSG’s huge outlay.
You can read the full report here.
Source by Football London