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The spending power of Premier League clubs has been highlighted by a new graph showing just how much money has been spent on transfer fees in Europe over the past 20 years – with Chelsea topping the charts just ahead of Manchester City.
The table has taken into account the transfer fees spent since the 2000/2001 season by some of the biggest clubs in the world.
But it’s dominated by English football – with no less than six Premier League sides featuring prominently in the graph, which consists of 15 teams.
It’s Chelsea who have spent the most so far this century, according to the information from Transfermarkt.
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The Blues were purchased by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich back in 2003. Under his stewardship, Chelsea have become, arguably, London’s most successful club; winning the Premier League on multiple occasions as well as two European crowns.
That success has come at a heavy price, though. The Blues have amassed over £2billion since Abramovich took the reigns in west London – a figure just slightly higher than title rivals Manchester City, who sit second in the list.
Following Sheikh Mansour’s takeover back in 2008, City were the wealthiest club in the Premier League.
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Newcastle’s recent £305m Saudi-backed takeover may have made the Toon Army the richest club in the land, but City have still spent a whopping £199.8bn over the past 13 years.
Just like Abramovich’s generous backing has worked its magic at Stamford Bridge, Mansour’s riches have helped transform City into a European heavyweight. The Citizens have dominated English football over the past few years with a host of big-name signings led by the brilliance of Pep Guardiola.
Following City, Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are neck and neck in third place having both spent £1.84bn on transfers since 2000.
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Serie A side Juventus are sat in fourth with a spend of £1.76bn – just ahead of Manchester United, who have shelled out over £1.74bn on transfer fees since the turn of the Millenium.
Liverpool are in ninth spot on the list after racking up a bill in excess of £1.34bn on players over the past 20 years, while Tottenham sit in joint-12th spot with London rivals Arsenal and Italian side Roma thanks to a £1.17bn spend over the past few years.
German giants Bayern Munich round out the list of big-spenders – although their £923m spend looks a snip compared to some of the other teams on the list; especially taking into account the success they’ve had in the past couple of decades.
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