Premier League net spend: Arsenal top summer list ahead of Man United with huge expenditure, Chelsea make major profit and Aston Villa savvy after £100m Jack Grealish sale

The summer transfer window is now over and any fears it would be a quiet market were blown out of the water.

Clubs in the Premier League went all-out to strengthen their squads for the 2021/22 campaign.

Romelu Lukaku cost £97.5million as Chelsea signed him from Inter Milan

Some have spent money will real freedom, while others have been a little bit more pragmatic and countered their spending by offloading players for substantial sums in order to fund their sprees in a more sustainable manner.

So which Premier League clubs had the best and worst net spend this summer?

talkSPORT has ranked the 20 clubs based on who has the highest net spend, according to football transfer website,

20. Chelsea – Profit of £37.12million

Chelsea shelled out £97.5million to bring Lukaku back and he netted on his debut vs Arsenal

It’s remarkable considering how much money was spent on Romelu Lukaku but Chelsea made a major profit this summer.

Their spending was massively offset by the sales of Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma, David Zappacosta, Fikayo Tomori, Victor Moses and Olivier Giroud.

Even sales of their youth players brought in a massive £35million.

19. Aston Villa – Profit of £19.26million

Big things are hoped for new signing Buendia at Villa after he starred at Norwich last season in the Championship

Dean Smith’s side have made some big signings such as Ashley Young, Danny Ings, Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey which cost them a significant amount.

However, when you sell players including Jack Grealish’s £100million move to Manchester City it’s easy to see why the club’s net spend is so low.

To sign some quality players and then make such a healthy profit should be highly commended.

18. Southampton – Profit of £17.45million

Former Newcastle academy ace Adam Armstrong starred in the Championship with Blackburn last season

Southampton have been busy this summer after adding Adam Armstrong, Romain Perraud, Lyanco and Valentino Livramento to the club, however this has been offset by their outgoings.

Angus Gunn, Mario Lemina, Yannik Vestergaard and of course, Danny Ings have all left the club which has ensured that the club have made a tidy profit in the transfer market.

17. Everton – Profit of £5.2million

Gray joined the Toffees for £1.5million from Bayer Leverkusen and he got his first goal for the club against Leeds

Everton have made more than they’ve spent this summer, but only just.

Cut-price deals for Demerai Gray, Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Andy Lonergan have meant that spending has been kept to a minimum.

They then secured a hefty loan fee for Moise Kean’s move to Juventus.

16. Brighton – Profit of £4.95million

Potter’s Brighton kept the spending low this summer

While Graham Potter’s side have moved to sign Enock Mwepu and Kjell Scherpen, the club are very much in the green thanks to the sale of Ben White to Arsenal.

Making money in the transfer market is all well and good but only if the team are able to progress with performances on the pitch.

15. Wolves – Profit of 4.68million

Wolves did some savvy business this summer

Wolves had a quiet transfer window in terms of big money moves but did do some savvy business.

Rafa Mir and Rio Patricio left for £25m with Rayan Ait-Nouri, Jose Sa and Yerson Mosquera coming in.

14. Watford – Net spend of £3.83million

Emmanuel Dennis was one of two Watford stars to net on their Premier League debut

The newly-promoted side have taken a cautious approach to life in the transfer market this summer.

Imran Louza, Emmanuel Dennis and Moussa Sissoko have all cost money but the likes of Ashley Fletcher, Josh King and Danny Rose arrived for nothing.

Will Hughes, Craig Dawson and Ben Wilmot were all sold on to mean that the Hornets’ outlay this summer has been limited.

13. Liverpool – Net spend of £6.8million

Ibrahima Konate

Jurgen Klopp’s side spent big on Ibrahima Konate but have been quiet by modern standards this summer.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi have left which has meant that it’s been a shrewd summer for the title hopefuls.

12. Burnley – Net spend of £20.34million

The Burnley boss really lifted the mood with his press conferences during the doom and gloom of a global pandemic

The signings of Maxwel Cornet and Nathan Collins cost a substantial amount as Sean Dyche looks to the future with his signings.

However they did recoup some of those funds as they sold Ben Gibson to Norwich City.

11. Norwich City – Net spend of £24.98million

Norwich boss Daniel Farke

Daniel Farke’s side have been very busy since securing promotion to the Premier League and have brought in a host of new faces to Carrow Road.

While these deals have cost a substantial amount, they did recoup a large fee for Emi Buendia after selling their former talisman to Aston Villa.

10. Newcastle United – Net spend of £26.46million

Willock completed a £25m move to Newcastle after an impressive loan spell

St James’ Park is a volatile place to be at the moment with supporters unhappy at the lack of investment in the playing squad and the poor leadership of the team.

Joe Willock’s pricy move from Arsenal is the only money that changed hands.

9. Tottenham Hotspur – Net spend of £30.78million

Tottenham signed Bryan Gil this summer

Harry Kane was the talk of the summer and keeping him was a massive coup.

Emerson Royal, Bryan Gil and Pape Sarr have joined the club for significant fees but the departures of Juan Foyth, Toby Alderweireld, Joe Hart and Moussa Sissoko has ensured that their net spend is fairly low.

8. Brentford – Net spend of £34.38million

Brentford, managed by Thomas Frank, do things differently and will not care what others think

They say you need to invest if you’re to stand any chance of surviving the drop after promotion and Brentford have taken that advice on board.

Kristoffer Ajer, Frank Onyeka and Yoane Wissa have been the club’s headline additions.

7. Leicester City – Net spend of £49.14million

New £23million striker Patson Daka has already opened his Leicester account during pre-season
Leicester City FC

Brendan Rodgers’ side have genuine hopes of nailing down a top four spot in the Premier League and have looked to improve their ranks this summer.

Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare and Jannik Vestergaard all cost seven-figure sums.

6. Leeds United – Net spend of £54.7million

Daniel James left Manchester United for Leeds on deadline day
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Marcelo Bielsa finally got his man on deadline day when Dan James arrived from Manchester United.

Junior Firpo, Jack Harrison and Kristoffer Klaesson have also come on board.

5. West Ham United – Net spend of £64million

Hammers boss Moyes swooped to sign Zouma from Chelsea

West Ham United hadn’t spend much until the last couple of days when they signed Kurt Zouma from Chelsea and Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow.

The Hammers have also shelled out on loan fees for Alex Kral and Alphonse Areola.

4. Crystal Palace – Net spend of £66.09million

Patrick Vieira takes charge of Palace this season

Patrick Vieira was always going to want to make an impact after taking charge at Selhurst Park and he’s certainly done that.

Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen, Odsonne Edouard, Michael Olise and Will Hughes have all joined the club.

3. Manchester City – Net spend of £73.83million

Jack Grealish joined Man City for £100m this summer

A £100million deal to sign Jack Grealish was always going to mean that Manchester City had one of the highest net spends in the Premier League.

However with Angelino, Jack Harrison and Lukas Nmecha all moving on for substantial fees it meant that the club were able to offset a certain amount of that spend.

2. Manchester United – Net spend of £99.81million

United fans can’t wait to have Ronaldo back

Manchester United have gone big again this summer.

Deals to sign Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have both been hugely expensive deals to do while Cristiano Ronaldo also returned for around £20m.

Dan James’ exit secured some cash coming in but supporters will be hoping that their expense can move them closer to the Premier League title.

1. Arsenal – Net spend of £121.23million

Arsenal’s £50million signing Ben White was not available for their game against Chelsea or Man City

Arsenal will have a lot to answer more if they don’t have a successful season after securing the biggest net spend in the league this summer.

Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lakonga and Nuno Tavares cost the club a huge amount of money.

Mikel Arteta needs his major investment to come off.