Premier League clubs have splashed around £1.04billion on 103 permanent signings for disclosed fees during the summer transfer window, and Aston Villa make up for about 11% of that overall figure having spent £95million on incomings over the last few months.
Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendia, and Leon Bailey were all signed by Villa over the summer, while Ashley Young re-joined the club on a free transfer and arrived Axel Tuanzebe on loan – his third spell at Villa Park since 2017.
However, deadline day came and went without any more incomings, although Villa did see a number of players leave the club on loan. They have also agreed three exits for players who have commanded a transfer fee, including Ally Mbwana Samatta, Bjorn Engels, and Jack Grealish.
The latter of that list made a record-breaking £100million transfer to Premier League champions Manchester City earlier this summer and became the most expensive British player in history.
That meant Villa recorded a positive net spend over the transfer window of £19.26million, according to transfermarkt.
Villa top the Premier League table for 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 very high net spend of -£99.81million.
United, who this summer recruited Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo for a combined total of £126million, sold Daniel James for £26million to Leeds United on deadline day to balance their books somewhat.
After breaking the Premier League transfer record, it’s no surprise that Manchester City were big net spender this summer too, having only generated £35million through sales themselves. City ended the summer with a total net spend of -£79.83million.