Which teams earned the most from sales this summer?

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 2 Sept 2023 13:20 BST
  • 6 min read
Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai, RB Leipzig
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Chelsea are the club who earned the most from sales this summer thanks to a mass exodus at Stamford Bridge.

After spending over €600 million in his first season as owner, Todd Boehly was forced to sanction multiple sales at the start of the 2023 summer transfer window, including the likes of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, who joined Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.

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Havertz was sold to Mikel Arteta’s side for €75m, while Man Utd splashed €64.2m on Mount, who only had one year left on his Chelsea contract.

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Mateo Kovacic (€29.1m to Manchester City), Kalidou Koulibaly (€23m to Al-Hilal), Christian Pulisic (€20m to AC Milan), Edouard Mendy (€18m to Al-Ahli), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (€18.5m to AC Milan), Ethan Ampadu (€8.1m to Leeds United) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (€3.5m to Nottingham Forest) have also left the Blues for a fee, while goalkeeper Kepa has joined Real Madrid on loan for a fee of €1m.

In total, Chelsea earned €257.4m from sales this summer, which doesn’t include the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and N’Golo Kante, who left on free transfers.

RB Leipzig generated the second-highest income from sales this summer, largely due to the high-profile departures of Josko Gvardiol, Dominik Szoboszlai and Christopher Nkunku.

Josko Gvardiol has joined Man City
© ProShots - Josko Gvardiol has joined Man City

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All three players have joined the Premier League, with Manchester City breaking the world record fee for a defender to sign Gvardiol for €90m, Liverpool splashing €70m on Szoboszlai and Chelsea paying €60m to add Nkunku to their first-team squad.

Alexander Sorloth (€10m), Tom Krauss (€5m), Josep Martinez (€3.5m), and Marcel Halstenberg (€0.7m) were all sold too. RB Leipzig earned €239.2m.

Brighton come in at number three thanks in large part to Chelsea's decision to pay a British record €116m on Moises Caicedo.

Alexis Mac Allister (€42m) and Robert Sanchez (€23m) were also sold to Premier League rivals for big money.

Atalanta earned €182.9m from player sales this summer, with Rasmus Hojlund’s €75m transfer to Man Utd the most high-profile move. They also earned €27.4m from Robin Gosens’ permanent departure to Inter after his 18-month loan, while Al-Ahli spent €20m on Merih Demiral.

Jeremie Boga (€18m), Joakim Maehle (€12m), Matteo Pessina (€12m), Ruslan Malinovskyi (€10m), Emmanuel Latte Lath (€5m) and Sam Lammers (€3.5m) also left Atalanta this summer.

Southampton are in fifth place following their relegation to the Championship. They sold Romeo Lavia, Tino Livramento, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Tella, Mohamed Salisu and Mislav Orsic to earn €174.8m through player sales this summer.

Bayern Munich earned €170.8m through player sales this window. Lucas Hernandez's €45m move to PSG was the most expensive departure, while Ryan Gravenberch and Benjamin Pavard left in the final few days of the window.

Ryan Gravenberch joined Liverpool from Bayern
© Liverpool FC - Ryan Gravenberch joined Liverpool from Bayern

Wolves lost much of their core throughout the 2023 summer transfer window, which culminated in the €62m exit of Matheus Nunes to Manchester City. They earned €170m via sales, with Ruben Neves and Nathan Collins among their departures.

West Ham's €116.6m sale of Declan Rice to West Ham helped them massively and as a result, they earned the eighth-highest income from sales this window.

Ajax yet again lost some of their biggest stars, which earned them €156.4m in sales and ninth place on this list.

Stade Rennais generated €140.5m income through selling Jeremy Doku, Lesley Ugochukwu, Lovro Majer, Loic Bade and others, which sees them complete the top 10.

The 10 clubs who have earned the most from sales this summer

ClubTotal Summer Income
1. Chelsea€257.4m
2. RB Leipzig€239.2m
3. Brighton€186.8m
4. Atalanta€182.9m
5. Southampton€174.8m
6. Bayern€170.8m
7. Wolves€170m
8. West Ham€156.4m
= Ajax€156.4m
10. Rennes€140.5m

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