Manch­ester clubs top trans­fer spend­ing Top 10 EPL trans­fers for 2016-17

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AF­TER the re­cent sign­ings of Paul Pogba and John Stones, Manch­ester United and Manch­ester City’s sum­mer trans­fer spend­ing ac­counts for al­most half of the to­tal out­lay by Premier League clubs, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study by Spreadex.com.

The Manch­ester clubs’ com­bined £322 mil­lion ($417.41 mil­lion) ex­pen­di­ture made up over 40 per­cent of the league’s to­tal £794 mil­lion sum­mer spend­ing since May.

United paid a world record fee of £89 mil­lion to bring Pogba back to Old Traf­ford from Ju­ven­tus on Tues­day, while City signed Eng­land de­fender Stones from Ever­ton for £47.5 mil­lion later that day.

The Manch­ester ri­vals have also spent big on the likes of Ilkay Gun­do­gan, Nolito, Leroy Sane (all City), Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan and Eric Bailly (both United), and both clubs have a sum­mer net trans­fer spend of over 40 per­cent of their an­nual turnover.

The spend­ing power of the Manch­ester two un­der­pins the dom­i­nance of the “Big Six”, with Arse­nal, Chelsea, Liver­pool, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, City and United spend­ing £529 mil­lion since May, twice as much as the rest of the league com­bined, ac­cord­ing to Spreadex’s fig­ures.

The out­lay of the Big Six dwarves the league’s av­er­age spend per club of £23 mil­lion, while only four sides have turned a profit to date this sum­mer.

Southamp­ton, who sold Sa­dio Mane to Liver­pool for £34 mil­lion, Graziano Pelle to Shan­dong Luneng for £13 mil­lion and Vic­tor Wanyama to Spurs for £11 mil­lion, have made the great­est profit of the divi­sion to date, with £40 mil­lion.

Ever­ton, Swansea City and Hull City are the other teams to have made a net trans­fer profit so far this sum­mer. — Sport24.

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