Top 15 clubs in world for transfer profit since 2000 shows Premier League trend

Premier League clubs have failed to make it into the top 15 for transfer profit generated this millennium.

Ahead of what is expected to be a relatively quiet month in the transfer window, a report by Transfermarkt examined the amount of net profit clubs have made from transfers since the 2000/01 season.

And the study concluded that Benfica stood head and shoulders above the rest with a profit of €628million (£528.5million), having made big money from selling the likes of Joao Felix and Ruben Dias in recent years.

Joining them in second were Portuguese rivals Porto with €564million (£474.6million), while Ajax came third and Ligue 1 side Lille finished fourth.

There were no Premier League sides to be seen as South American clubs Santos, River Plate, Cruzeiro, Internacional and Boca Juniors dominated the remainder of the list.

That would not come as a surprise to many, with the top tier of English football being known for buying many of its already-great stars from other leagues.

Those stars, such as Paul Pogba from Juventus (£89million), Ruben Dias from Benfica (£61.2million) and Nicolas Pepe from Lille (£72million), cost far more than the few talents like Jude Bellingham which English clubs sell at a young age.

English sides are, however, beginning to export more talented youngsters to the Bundesliga and Portuguese league, namely Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson and Marcus Edwards in a trend which will help increase profits.

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But the Premier League also boasts many of the richest clubs in the world, whose financial power enables them to attract big players with alluring wages.

Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United unsurprisingly litter the list for record transfer fees paid for the very same reason.

And with the increasing popularity of the Premier League and now Newcastle becoming the richest in the world following their takeover, the lack of English clubs on the list is likely to remain unchanged in the future.

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