Premier League clubs smash the £1BILLION net spend barrier for the first time in the transfer window as Chelsea splash the most cash

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs’ net spending broke the £1 billion barrier for the first time this transfer window.

But League chiefs believe the rise in revenues across the board means spending is NOT out of control.

Todd Boehly's Chelsea were the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer

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Todd Boehly’s Chelsea were the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summerCredit: Getty

The total amount spent by Premier clubs in the summer window was a staggering £1.92bn and 34 per cent more than the previous record of £1.4bn, set in the summer of 2017.

With the 20 top flight clubs reaping £850million in sales, it meant a net spend of £1.07bn, the first time the billion pound mark has been crossed, dwarfing the £665m net spend of 2017.

Top-flight chiefs, though, believe the stunning spending is justified.

The previous 2017 record equated to 30 percent of the clubs’ total turnover that season.

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And even though this summer’s dealing went through the roof, it only represented 32 percent of turnover.

That is because of the rise in broadcast TV revenue, which will be worth more than £10bn over the next three seasons after a huge rise in overseas income.

With gate income up with full houses back after the Covid-induced squeeze on clubs and a number of increased commercial deals, Premier League bosses are happy the spending was not disproportionate.

There is also an acceptance that 2022 was the first summer after the pandemic.

Added to that was the arrival of new owners at Chelsea, who contributed £255.3m – 13 percent of the League’s total spend – and the first summer window for the new Saudi-led Newcastle board.

Their £204m net spend, according to Transfermarkt, was marginally more than Manchester United’s while Brighton and Leicester made the biggest profits.

And Nottingham Forest’s remarkable squad overhaul was also, at least in part, felt inevitable after so many of the promotion-winning players under Steve Cooper were on loan at the club or coming to the end of their contract.

Football’s leading financial analysts, Deloitte, suggested the spending pattern was no surprise – but a sign of the Prem’s rude health.

Lead partner Tim Bridge said: “The record level of spending during this transfer window is a clear indication of Premier League clubs’ confidence, as fans return to stadiums and a new broadcast cycle begins.

“It’s now become part and parcel of the Premier League that clubs are willing to pay significant sums to maximize performance.

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“This season, the desire to acquire playing talent has reached new levels as the pressure for clubs to stay in the competition is higher than ever before.”

However, Bridge warned: “Recent years have demonstrated the risks of clubs sustaining high levels of spending while failing to get their financial house in order.

“Particularly in the current economic climate, as costs begin to rise, the importance of retaining financial stability off the pitch should be as much a focus for clubs as ensuring their success on it.”

Around £150m of the spending went to Championship clubs, including Spurs’ £20m acquisition of Djed Spence from Middlesbrough – one of those on loan at Forest last term.

Forest’s total spend of £126m was the highest by any promoted club in English history and only the third time a team joining the Premier had splashed out more than £100m.

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Bridge added: “The high spending of those clubs looking to secure their place in the Premier League is an indicator of the widening gap between the Premier League and the Championship.

“This shift is partly attributable to the financial impact of the pandemic, which was felt more harshly by Championship than Premier League clubs.”

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