Big spenders Man. City reach dizzy heights again
For yet another year, Manchester City have been confirmed as the ‘big spenders’ as they lead the classification for money spent on transfers.
Despite their massive outlay on new players, City have all but slipped out of the race for the English Premier League title. There were also players who rejected City’s approaches this season.
Club owner Sheik Monsour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak left their competitors in the transfer market in the shade as City outbid most of their rivals for some of the world’s top players.
Manchester City have spent a staggering £134.7 million − £4.7m more than the previous season − throughout the campaign.
The runners-up in the list of spenders are Chelsea on £101.5m.
The Blues had lagged behind in previous seasons but Russian mogul Roman Abramovich decided to dig deep into his pockets once more to boost Chelsea’s chances of capturing the Champions League after winning a domestic double last season.
On the other side of the coin, Liverpool cashed in a total of £97.2m − mostly through the transfer of Fernando Torres. The Spaniard cost Chelsea £50m.
Laurent Koscielny from Lorient − £10m; Marouane Chamakh − free; Kyle Ebicilio from Feyenoord − free; Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla − £7.5m.
Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur − loan; Darren Bent from Sunderland − £24m; Jean Makoun from Olympique Lyon − £6m; Michael Bradley from Borussia Moenchengladbach − loan.
Nikola Zigic from Valencia − £6m; Enric Valles from NAC Breda − free; Ben Foster from Manchester United − £6.3m; Matt Derbyshire from Olympiakos − loan; Alexander Hleb from Barcelona − loan; Martin Jiranek from Spartak Moscow − loan; Jean Beausejour from Club America − £1.3m; David Bentley from Tottenham − loan; Obafemi Martins from Rubin Kazan − loan; Curtis Davis from Aston Villa − £3.5m.
Mame Biram Diouf from Manchester United − loan; Benjani Mwaruwari from Man. City − free; Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City − loan; Jermaine Jones from Schalke 04 − loan; Mauro Formicafrom Newell’s Old Boys − £300,000; Ruben Rochina from Barcelona − £800,000.
Craig Cathcart from Manchester United − £1m; Elliot Grandin from CSKA Sofia − free; Ludovic Sylvestre from Mlada Boleslav − free; Malaury Martin from Monaco − free; Marlon Harewood from Aston Villa − free; Dekel Keinan from Maccabi Haifa − free; Luke Varney from Derby − loan; D.J. Campbell from Leicester − £800,000; Matt Phillips from Wycombe − £325,000; Richard Kingston from Wigan − free; James Beattie from Rangers − loan; Andy Reid from Blackpool − £500,000; Jason Puncheon from Southampton − loan.
Robbie Blake from Burnley − free; Martin Petrov from Manchester City − free; Ivan Klasnic from Nantes − free; Marcos Alonso from Real Madrid − £1m; Tom Eaves from Oldham − £550,000; Rodgrigo from Benfica − loan; David Wheater from Middlesbrough − £3.5m; Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea − loan.
Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool − £5.5m; Matej Delac from Inter Zapresic − £2.7m; Tomas Kalas from Sigma Olomouc − £5m (loaned back to Sigma Olomouc); Ramires (Brazil) from Benfica − £17m; David Luiz from Benfica − £21.3m; Fernando Torres from Liverpool − £50m.
Jermaine Beckford from Leeds − free; Magaye Gueye from Strasbourg − £1.2m; Janko Mucha from Legia Warsaw − £560,000; Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon − loan; Apostolos Vellios from Iraklis Thessaloniki − £500,000.
Philip Senderos from Arsenal − free; Jonathan Greening from West Brom − £2.5m; Carlos Salcido from PSV Eindhoven − £1.6m; Rafik Halliche from Benfica − £3m; Lauri Dalle Valle from Liverpool − £500,000; Alex Kacaniklic from Liverpool − £500,000. Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa − £3; Eidur Gudjohnsen fromStoke − loan; Gael Kakuta from Chelsea − loan.
Jonjo Shelvey from Charlton − £1.7m; Milan Jovanovic from Standard Liege − free; Raheem Sterling from QPR − £500,000; Joe Cole from Chelsea − free; Danny Wilson from Rangers − £2m; Christian Poulsen from Juventus − £4.5m; Brad Jones from Middlesbrough − £2.4m; Raul Meireles from Porto − £10.7m; Paul Konchesky from Fulham − £4; Andy Carroll from Newcastle − £35m; Luis Suarez from Ajax − £22.7m.
Yaya Toure from Barcelona − £24.5m; Albert Rusnak from K. Kosice − £2.8m; Jerome Boateng from Hamburg − £10.5m; David Silva from Valencia − £24m; Mario Balotelli from Inter − £22.5m; Alex Henshall from Swindon − £750,000; Christian Bonilla from Chico FC − £1.2m; Aleksander Kolarov from Lazio − £16m; James Milner from Aston Villa − £23m; Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg − £32m.
Javier Hernandez from Chivas de Guadalajara − £7m; Christopher Smalling from Fulham − £7.2m; Dodo (Jose Rodolfo Pires Ribeiro) from Corinthians − £5m; Bebe (Portugal) from V. Guimaraes − £7.4m.
James Perch from Nottm Forest − £1m; Dan Gosling from Everton − free; Sol Campbell from Arsenal − free; Cheik Tiote from FC Twente − £3.5m; Haten Ben Arfa from Marseille − £9.8m.
Florent Cuvelier from Portsmouth − free; Jon Walters from Ipswich Town − £2.75m; Carl Dickinson from Portsmouth − loan; Kenwyn Jones from Sunderland − £8m; Salif Diao − unattached; Marc Wilson from Portsmouth − £550,000; Jermaine Pennant from Real Zaragoza − £2.8m; John Carew from Aston Villa − loan.
Simon Mignolet from Sint Truidense − £2m; Cristian Riveros from Cruz Azul − free; Ahmed Al-Muhammadi from ENPPI − loan; Marcos Angeleri from Estudiantes − £2m; Titus Bramble from Wigan − £1m; John Mensah from Lyon − loan; Danny Welbeck from Man. United − loan; Nedum Onuoha from Man. City − loan; Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) from Rennes − £13m; Sulley Muntari from Inter − loan; Stephane Sessagnon from Paris St Germain − £6m.
Sandro Ranieri Guimaraes Cordeir (Brazil) from Internacional − £9m; William Gallas from Arsenal − free; Stipe Pletikosa from Spartak Moscow − loan; Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid − £8m; Bongani Khumalofrom SuperSport Utd − £1.5m; Steven Pienaar from Everton − £3m.
West Bromwich Albion
Steven Reid from Blackburn − free; Gabriel Seb Tamas from Auxerre − £1.7m; Pablo Ibanez Tebar from Atletico Madrid − free; Boaz Myhill from Hull − £1.5m; Nicky Shorey from Aston Villa − £2m; Peter Odemwingie from Lokomotiv Moscow − £2.5m; Marc-Antoine Fortune from Celtic − £1.2m; Paul Scharner from Wigan − free.
West Ham United
Thomas Hitzlsperger from Lazio − free; Pablo Barrera from UNAM Pumas − £4m; Frederic Piquionne from Lyon − £4m; Winston Reid from FC Midtjylland − £2.8m; Victor Obinna from Inter − loan; Wayne Bridge from Manchester City − loan; Gary O’Neil from Middlesbrough − £1.5m; Demba Ba from Hoffenheim − £4.5m.
Mauro Boselli from Estudiantes − £6.5m (loaned to Genoa); Antolin Alcaraz from Club Brugge − free; James McArthur from Hamilton − £400,000; Ali Al Habsi from Bolton − loan; Ronnie Stam from NAC Breda − £2m; Steven Caldwell from Burnley − free; Franco di Santo from Wigan − £2m.
Steven Fletcher from Burnley − £6.5m; Jelle van Damme (Belgium) from Anderlecht − £2.7m; Steven Mouyokolo from Hull − £2.5m; Stephen Hunt from Hull − £5m; Michael Mancienne from Chelsea − loan; Adam Hammill from Barnsley − £500,000; Jamie O’Hara from Tottenham − loan.
1. Manchester City - £134.7m
2. Chelsea - £101.5m
3. Liverpool - £83.5m
4. Aston Villa - £33.5m
5. Manchester United - £26.6m
6. Sunderland - £24.0m
7. Tottenham Hotspur - £21.5m
8. Arsenal - £17.5m
9. Wolves - £17.2m
10. Birmingham City - £17.1m
11. West Ham United - £16.8m
12. Newcastle United - £14.3m
13. Stoke City - £14.1m
14. Fulham - £11.1m
15. Wigan Athletic - £10.9m
16. West Bromwich Albion - £8.9m
17. Bolton Wanderers - £5.0m
18. Blackpool - £2.6m
19. Everton - £2.3m
20. Blackburn Rovers - £1.1m
1. Liverpool - £97.2m
2. Manchester City - £56.5m
3. Sunderland - £43.5m
4. Newcastle United - £35.0m
5. Manchester United - £15.8m
6. Chelsea - £14.2m
7. Fulham - £12.4m
8. West Ham United - £8.8m
9. Aston Villa - £8.5m
10. Arsenal - £6.0m
11. Stoke City - £4.7m
12. Everton - £3.6m
13. Tottenham Hotspur - £2.0m
14. Wigan Athletic - £1.7m
15. Blackburn Rovers - £0.5m
15. Wolves - £0.5m
17. Birmingham City - Nil
17. Blackpool - Nil
17. Bolton Wanderers - Nil
17. West Bromwich Albion - Nil