How Much Premier League Owners Have Given Their Clubs Has Been Revealed
Roman Abramovich has unsurprisingly financed Chelsea more than any other Premier League owner has financed their club in the past five years.
The Russian billionaire has been pumping money into the west London club since he bought them in 2003 and turned them into one of the most successful teams in Europe.
Abramovich's spending has slowed somewhat in recent years but this summer it's returned, as Chelsea have signed Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz for big money deals.
According to business of football account Swiss Ramble, the Russian has given the Stamford Bridge side £440 million in the past five years. Everton's owners are second, having financed the club with £299 million and Aston Villa are third with £193 million.
In contrast Manchester United's owners have taken £89 million out of the club, Spurs owners £40 million and Mike Ashley has taken £18 million out of Newcastle United.
Whilst Spurs lost money to their owners they were the most financed clubs by outside investment in the past five years, due to loans.
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The loans the north London club took out were to pay for their new stadium, on the site of the old White Hart Lane.
Again in contrast Arsenal took over £100 million out of the club in that time, as part of interest payments on their loans, potentially in order to pay for the Emirates Stadium.
Again Manchester United fare badly as they had to repay £80 million in debt repayments and interest.
Of course when it comes to transfer spending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team are still one of the biggest spenders in the past four transfer windows.
According to Sky Sports, the Red Devils are only behind Chelsea in terms of spending when it comes to the Premier League's 'big six.'
That the Blues are so far ahead, on £302 million, is quite impressive considering they were banned from transfers last summer and made none in January either.
Impressively Liverpool were behind the rest of their five rivals and still managed to progress the most in recent years, winning the league last season for the first time in 30 years.
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