Aston Villa spent £95million on new arrivals during the summer transfer window and even recorded a positive net spend come deadline day, thanks to the record breaking fee received from the sale of Jack Grealish.
Villa’s former skipper became the most expensive British footballer of all time when he left Villa Park for the Etihad in a transfer worth £100million.
Five new arrivals were signed amidst the uncertainty surrounding the England international’s future, including Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendia, and Leon Bailey, while Ashley Young re-joined the club on a free transfer and Axel Tuanzebe on loan – his third spell at Villa Park since 2017.
Villa recorded a positive net spend over the transfer window of £19.26million, according to transfermarkt.
Villa top the Premier League table for positive net spend with Southampton (£18.95million), Everton (£5.40million), and Brighton making up the top four clubs to have yielded a positive net spend over the summer transfer window (£4.95million).
In fact, only two other Premier League clubs managed to make a profit this summer, as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea recorded net spends of £4.86milion and £2.12million respectively.
Bottom of the net spend table is Arsenal, who spent £149million and only made £27.81million with players leaving the club, to get an overall net spend of -£121.23million. While the Gunners were well distanced from the rest of the Premier League, Manchester United also registered a negative net spend of -£99.81million.
However, while Villa fans were urging sporting director Johan Lange to push through an 11th hour deadline day bombshell, BirminhgamLive ‘s podcast Claret & Blue have explained why a trolley dash on the final day of the window was not needed.
“You can go on about net spend all you want but nobody actually knows how much Villa have spent on transfers and how long they are spread across time, apart from the finance team,” James Rushton explained on the Claret & Blue podcast.
“People go on about net transfer spend all the time, there is a significant amount of transfer debt that this club has accumulated based on three transfer windows.
“Essentially, you could still be in a situation where you’ve just bought Leon Bailey and you’re still paying him off while you’re paying Tyrone Mings, Wesley and Douglas Luiz off.
“You don’t just rock up to Club Brugge with £20million and go, ‘give use Wesley,’ it doesn’t happen, it’s a fantasy. There’s so much things in terms of cash flow that needs to be worked out and to plan meticulously to not fall foul of certain things, not to put your club in a hole, it needs to be planned.
“It’s no like a simple exchange of goods at a shop, it’s something more akin to economic spend, it’s complicated and complex, so you can’t read into net spend too much.
“What we can say is that Villa have significantly spent a lot of money every summer to improve. So far, so good.”