Football clubs’ transfer net spends since 2014 have been calculated with Everton making a bigger trading loss than Real Madrid and Bayern Munich
Everton’s transfer net spend since 2014 has been calculated as being larger than European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
The CIES Football Observatory in Switzerland have crunched the numbers for teams’ buying and selling since 2014 and they reckon the Blues have made a trading loss of €391million (currently £334million) over this period. While such profligacy – majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who took control in 2016 admitted last summer: “We have not always spent significant amounts of money wisely” – with Everton a goal away from what was almost their first relegation in 72 years after they posted the lowest equivalent points total in the club’s 135-year history in the Football League and Premier League, their figure represents a greater outlay than a couple of the continent’s biggest sides.
During the same timescale, Real Madrid – who won the Champions League on four occasions – had a smaller net spend of €325million while Bayern Munich, who lifted the trophy in 2020 and have been Bundesliga champions for the last 11 consecutive seasons, recorded an outlay of €343million.
Everton’s net spend was the 15th in world football with nine of the clubs shelling out more also coming from the Premier League in the shape of biggest losers Manchester United (€1.396billion); Chelsea (2nd, €1.033billion); Arsenal (4th, €872million); Manchester City (5th, €856million); Newcastle United (6th, €671million); Tottenham Hotspur (8th, €609million); West Ham United (10th, €526million); Aston Villa (11th, €483million) and Liverpool (12th, €462million).
Other clubs who have splashed out more than the Blues were Paris Saint-Germain (3rd, €1.01billion); Barcelona (7th, €663million); Milan (9th, €545million); Al-Hilal (13th, €457million) and Juventus (14th, €449million). Tellingly, the next two clubs after Everton also finished in the bottom half of the Premier League last season: Crystal Palace (16th, €376million) and Bournemouth (17th, €344million) while following the aforementioned Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, Nottingham Forest, who have embarked on a major spending spree since last year’s return to the top flight for the first time since 1999, complete the top 20 with an outlay of €310million.
The Blues have been left counting the cost of their previous lack of thrift, though, with Financial Fair Play restrictions now biting and their lack of spending power this summer having been well-documented. Everton’s need to draw in their horns has been represented by a reduction in their trading deficit in recent years.
Since 2019 they have recorded a net spend of €108million and post-Covid, this figure goes down to €56million. Meanwhile in 2023, Everton are the only club in the top 20 to post a significant trading profit, which comes in at a hefty €73million, with David Moyes’ UEFA Europa Conference League winners West Ham (€7million) and Juventus (€6million) being other outfits in the black this year by more modest margins.