Hey big spenders: Premier League rarely won by the team that splashes out the most cash

Planet Sport looks back at the top flight’s biggest spenders to see if it translated to title glory that same season.

The summer transfer window in England has already been open for a few weeks and millions have been spent - but who is going to spend the most in 2021/22?

And does being the biggest spenders necessarily equate to Premier League success?

Looking back through the record books, only five times since the Premier League started in 1992 have the biggest spenders gone on to finish top in the same season, and just three different teams have achieved the feat.

Twice it has worked for Chelsea (in 2004/05 and 2005/06), twice for Manchester United (in 1998/99 and 2002/03) and once for Manchester City (2017/18) but the strike rate is certainly nothing to write home about.

As it stands, Manchester City are favourites to be the biggest spenders in this window, mainly due to their interest in Jack Grealish who will cost close to £100million if they do push ahead with a deal.

Chelsea are also in the mix, especially if they bolster their striking options, with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku possibles - both of whom would cost in excess of £100million.

The only other side who look like being in contention are Manchester United who are gearing up to finalise the £75million signing of Jadon Sancho.

Here's a rundown of the biggest spending clubs for every season of the Premier League, their biggest signing and their final league position:

The biggest spenders

1992/93: Blackburn Rovers (£8.5m) - 4th

Biggest signing: Alan Shearer (£3.4m, Southampton)

1993/94: Blackburn Rovers (£8.5m) - 2nd

Biggest signing: David Batty (£2.75m, Leeds)

1994/95: Everton (£11m) - 15th

Biggest signing: Duncan Ferguson (£4m, Rangers)

1995/96: Newcastle (£24.5m) - 2nd

Biggest signing: Faustino Asprilla (£6.7m, Parma)

1996/97: Newcastle (£17.5m) - 2nd

Biggest signing: Alan Shearer (£15m, Blackburn)
Biggest signing: Alan Shearer (£15m, Blackburn)

1997/98: Newcastle (£24.65m) - 13th

Biggest signing: Gary Speed (£5.5m, Everton)

1998/99: Manchester United (£29.35m) - 1st

Biggest signing: Dwight Yorke (£12.6m, Aston Villa)
Biggest signing: Dwight Yorke (£12.6m, Aston Villa)

1999/2000: Liverpool (£35.9m) - 4th

Biggest signing: Emile Heskey (£11m, Leicester)

2000/01: Leeds (£48.7m) - 4th

Biggest signing: Rio Ferdinand (£18m, West Ham)

2001/02: Manchester United (£58.6m) - 3rd

Biggest signing: Juan Sebastian Veron (£29.1m, Lazio)

2002/03: Manchester United (£30.6m) - 1st

Biggest signing: Rio Ferdinand (£29.1m)

2003/04: Chelsea (£121.5m) - 2nd

Biggest signing: Damien Duff (£17m, Blackburn)

2004/05: Chelsea (£94.45m) - 1st

Biggest signing: Didier Drogba (£24m, Marseille)

2005/06: Chelsea (£54.4m) - 1st

Biggest signing: Michael Essien (£24.4m, Lyon)
Biggest signing: Michael Essien (£24.4m, Lyon)

2006/07: Chelsea (£56.5m) - 2nd

Biggest signing: Andrei Shevchenko (£30.8m)

2007/08: Liverpool (£69.3m) - 4th

Biggest signing: Fernando Torres (£20m, Atletico Madrid)

2008/09: Manchester City (£119.35m) - 10th

Biggest signing: Robinho (£32.5m, Real Madrid)

2009/10: Manchester City (£125.5m) - 5th

Biggest signing: Carlos Tevez (£25.5m, MSI)

2010/11: Manchester City (£152m) - 3rd

Biggest signing: Edin Dzeko (£27m, Wolfsburg)
Biggest signing: Edin Dzeko (£27m, Wolfsburg)

2011/12: Chelsea (£79.2m) - 6th

Biggest signing: Juan Mata (£23.5m, Valencia)

2012/13: Chelsea (£86.1m) - 3rd

Biggest signing: Eden Hazard (£32m, Lille)

2013/14: Tottenham (£109m) - 6th

Biggest signing: Erik Lamela (£30m, Roma)

2014/15: Manchester United (£147.2m) - 4th

Biggest signing: Ángel di María (£59.7m, Real Madrid)
Biggest signing: Ángel di María (£59.7m, Real Madrid)

2015/16: Manchester City (£149.6m) - 4th

Biggest signing: Kevin de Bruyne (£55m, Wolfsburg)

2016/17: Manchester City (£171.5m) - 3rd

Biggest signing: John Stones (£47.5m, Everton)

2017/18: Manchester City (£278.7m) - 1st

Biggest signing: Aymeric Laporte (£57m, Athletic Bilbao)

2018/19: Liverpool (£165.45m) - 2nd

Biggest signing: Alisson (£56m, Roma)

2019/20: Manchester United (£192.6m) - 3rd

Biggest signing: Harry Maguire (£80m, Leicester City)

2020/21: Chelsea (£272m) - 3rd

Biggest signing: Kai Havertz (£71m, Bayer Leverkusen)
Biggest signing: Kai Havertz (£71m, Bayer Leverkusen)

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