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Ranking Each Premier League Squad By Total Transfer Fees

The Premier League is unparalleled in terms of pulling power in the transfer market. No other domestic competition on the planet can match the English top-flight for television audience sizes, sponsorship opportunities and average bank balances.

The spread of wealth among the 20 Premier League members has become so alluring that players will often choose to sign for a mid-table side in England’s top division over a top club in France, Italy or Spain. Factors other than financial terms obviously come into play, too, but there’s no question English clubs would be a far less tempting option for foreign footballers without their chequebooks.

Even though clubs near the foot of the Premier League table are capable of reeling in their fair share of big names, there’s still a notable gap in the cost of assembling the squad of a relegation battler and a Champions League contender. However, it’s not always the case that clubs which spend more money on signings will finish higher up the table than less affluent competitors in the division.

In fact, ranking each Premier League club by total transfer fees paid to compile their current squad tells a very different story to how the 2015-16 season is panning out.

*Figures sourced from transfermarkt.co.uk..

20 Watford – £28.16m 

via shortlist.com

19 Norwich City – £32.46m 

via thesecretfootballer.com

18 Bournemouth – £36.01m 

via sport.ahram.org.eg

17 Swansea City – £48.82m 

via forums.bigsoccer.com

16 Stoke City – £49.15m 

via football.co.uk

15 Leicester City – £51.88m 

14 West Bromwich Albion – £56.12m 

via latestbolanews.com

13 Crystal Palace – £58.82m 

via telegraph.co.uk

12 Sunderland – £72.88m 

via chelseanews24.com

11 West Ham United – £74.45m 

via anthem.com

10 Aston Villa – £79.69m 

via birminghammail.co.uk

9 Everton – £93.69m 

8 Newcastle United – £118.57m 

via fotbal1.cz

7 Southampton – £130.05m 

via talksport.com

6 Tottenham Hotspur – £150.23m 

5 Arsenal – £214.08m 

4 Liverpool – £236.4m 

3 Chelsea – £270.94m 

2 Manchester United – £338.47m 

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

1 Manchester City – £389.49m 

Who else would have the most expensive squad in England but Manchester City? The wealthiest club in the land has finished no lower than third position since the 2010-11 season, leaving little doubt the Citizens won’t be budging from the upper tiers of domestic and continental football for some time yet. The chief branch of the City Football Group has plunged staggering amounts of money each season to construct a squad, stadium and training ground to match the very best in the business. City has gone bigger and bigger in terms of investment since being taken over in 2008, especially in the transfer market — all of their biggest signings are all members of the current squad: Kevin De Bruyne (£51.8m), Raheem Sterling (£43.75m), Eliaquim Mangala (£37.8m).

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