Which clubs are doing the best in the transfer window to balance their accounts? Who are the biggest spenders and those for whom the balance of the balance of payments is a iron law? Finally, how do the leaders who bet on “trading” as in Lille – buying players at low cost and reselling at high price – are doing?
While trying to answer all these questions, CIES Football Observatory has just established the ranking in the five major European leagues (Bundesliga, Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League) of club gains in terms of transfers over the last ten summer and winter mercatos, i.e. since 2016. The CIES simply subtracts, for each club, the amount of purchases made from that of sales made over this period.
Lille and Lyon in the first two places
Two Ligue 1 clubs occupy the first two places in this ranking: Lille and Lyon. Le Losc has a surplus balance of 191 million euros (252 million euros in player purchases for 443 on resale). This small fortune is due in particular to the sales of Nicolas Pépé (+70 million euros) and Victor Osimhen (+69 million euros).
Just behind, Lyon is the second good student in Europe with a surplus of 151 million euros (348 million euros in purchases for 499 on sale) ahead of the Italian club Bergamo (+133 million euros). OL owe this good result to the sales of Ndombele (+60 million euros), Mendy (+48 million euros) Diaz (+25 million euros), Lacazette and Tolisso, trained at the club and sold for 53 million euros to Arsenal and 41 million euros to Bayern.
Monaco occupies fourth place in the ranking with a positive balance of +132 million euros. The sale in 2017 of Kylian Mbappé to PSG for 180 million euros is for a lot in this assessment. That of the other champions of France 2017, if it weighed down for a long time the sporting results, made the banker of the club of the Principality jump for joy with Lemar (+68 million euros), Fabinho (+44 million euros) , Mendy (+42.5 million euros), Bakayoko (+37 million euros) or Silva (+35 million euros).
A country of training, France is doing particularly well in this game since Saint-Etienne (+78 million euros), Bordeaux (+66 million euros), Montpellier (+60 million euros) and even Lorient ( +37 million euros) have also achieved excellent business in the transfer market over the past five years.
PSG and OM in deficit
Conversely, there are two poor students of Ligue 1 in this ranking, two clubs that have a deficit: PSG and Olympique de Marseille. No wonder: PSG broke its piggy bank to recruit its stars (222 million euros for Neymar and 180 million euros for Mbappé), while also leaving free elements like Edison Cavani or Thiago Silva.
Since 2016, PSG has spent 854 million euros on player purchases for “only” 399 million euros in resale, ie a loss of -455 million euros. PSG ranks among the four worst European results just ahead of Barcelona (-471 million euros) and the two Manchester clubs: United (-560 million euros) and City (-611 million euros).
OM’s balance sheet is less dramatic, but still shows a deficit of -71 million euros (248 million euros in expenditure for 177 in revenue), which makes the club one of the bad students of the championship in the domain.
Ligue 1, a good student without PSG and OM
If we remove PSG and OM from the balance sheet of Ligue 1, the capital gains made by the other 18 residents over the past five years have reached 827 million euros. During the same period, the balance for the current English Premier League teams was negative at € 4.5 billion, with all clubs posting a negative balance. France is therefore above all a country which trains and exports talent. A trend that could well be accentuated with the cash flow difficulties in the wake of the Mediapro affair.
In the Spanish Liga, half of the clubs also show a negative balance: -91 million euros for example for Real, who spent 661 million euros on player purchases for “only” 570 million euros on sale. .
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