Last Updated: 10/02/20 12:35pm
Chelsea have topped the transfer window net-profit charts
Chelsea recorded the highest net-profit of any club in world football in the last two transfer windows, according to newly published data.
Serving a transfer ban last summer after being deemed to have breached FIFA regulations on the recruitment of young players, Chelsea spent just €45m (around £38m) to turn Mateo Kovacic’s loan from Real Madrid into a permanent deal.
The west Londoners made a further €205m (£173.7m) in player sales, stemming largely from the €100m plus add-ons sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
The west Londoners were unable to buy players in last summer’s transfer window
By contrast, Real Madrid posted €181m in negative balance on transfers, according to research by the CIES Football Observatory.
Aston Villa were also low down on the list, second only to Real, spending €172m on players following their promotion from the Championship and earning just €3m in return for an €169m balance.
Frank Lampard’s side did not sign anyone in January, despite having their transfer ban lifted
Overall Premier League clubs fared poorly, having the largest net deficit of any of Europe’s top five leagues and accounting for a combined €844m (£715m) more in outgoings than money they earned.
Chelsea, who posted losses of £96.7m in the latest financial results , are the only Premier League side to…