TRANSFER NEWS: Which clubs have made the most money from selling players since 2010?
The 2018 summer transfer window closed at the end of August for most of Europe’s big leagues, with huge fees having changed hands once again.
And a study by the CIES Football Observatory has revealed which clubs have raked in the most money by selling players to teams in Europe’s top five leagues (Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga) over the last eight years.
While this excludes some big fees received for players sold to clubs in places such as China and Turkey, it certainly reveals who the main selling clubs have been over the last eight years.
Monaco have brought in the most money – a whopping £849m including eventual add-ons and loan fees.
“Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Anthony Martial, James Rodriguez have all been sold by Monaco”
The club from the principality in the south of France have sold some top players including Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Anthony Martial, James Rodriguez over recent years.
Second on the list are Liverpool, although with £611m made in sales, they are some £238m short of the amount Monaco have earned.
The Reds have sold the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez for big transfer fees in recent times – and Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for £50m way back in 2010/11, the first season included in this study.
Of course, Liverpool have now spent plenty of that income – bringing in players such as Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Alisson for huge fees.
Five Premier League clubs feature among the top 20 – with Liverpool joined by Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Southampton.
The Saints are the only one of those clubs who are not considered one of the “big six” in England – and they’ve developed a reputation for developing young talents and selling them on to the top teams.
Since 2010, they have sold the likes of Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren to the Premier League’s biggest hitters.
Despite being in first place, Monaco are the only Ligue 1 side in the top 20, while six Serie A clubs, five La Liga outfits, two Portuguese teams and one Bundesliga side make the cut.