Over the past five years, there has been a lot of focus on developing young talent and making them competitive on a global scale. Due to financial issues brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic and/or other factors, the club is depending on the promotion of its young players into the senior squad.
Several clubs see the value of generating revenue from the products their academies generate at the same time. In the European market, there is a significant demand for players who have excelled while out on loan and possess the knowledge necessary to compete at the highest level. Some clubs can avoid losing out on potential superstars by making a little upfront payment. Because of this, a few clubs have made a lot of money by selling their young players.
In light of this, let’s examine the five teams that have profited the most from the sales of academy players since the 2017–18 season.
£98.7 million goes to Manchester City.
Since the Abu Dhabi Group took over Manchester City in 2008, they have left their mark on the rest of the world. Over £1 billion has been invested in the first-team squad, while the junior academy has grown and is now profitable. One of the better instances of this is Phil Foden, but he belongs to a select group of academy graduates that the club hasn’t sold recently.
Man City, though, has profited greatly from them. The same can be seen in the sales of Gavin Bazunu ($12 million), Romeo Lavia ($10 million), and Jadon Sancho ($16 million) to Southampton this summer. Additionally, Angelino’s 2021 transfer to RB Leipzig brought in a tidy sum of money (£16m).
Since the 2017–18 season, the Citizens have earned £98.7 million in transfer fees by selling graduates of their academy. Numerous clubs are apparently eager to sign their outstanding talents, including Liam Delap, James McAtee, and several others, so they could yet increase this total.
£100.1 million went to Paris Saint-Germain.
A prime example of a team mortgaging the future to pursue success in the present is Paris Saint-Germain. Although the French club frequently purchases top players on the transfer market, they also frequently sell graduates from their own academy. Because the owners place more priority on acquiring future world-beaters from other elite European teams, few PSG young players have succeeded in breaking into the senior squad. Since the 2017–18 season, the club has made £100.1 million from the sale of graduates from its academy.
When they sold off Christopher Nkunku, Moussa Diaby, Stanley N’Soki, Timothy Weah, and Arthur Zagre, a sizeable portion (£46 million) came right away. This came after the club sold Odsonne Edouard, Jonathan Ikone, and Yaciine Adli for a total of £17 million in 2018. Therefore, despite the fact that several of these players have had considerable success since leaving, PSG may not be too disappointed because of their excellent team.
£152.3 million went to Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta should receive a lot of praise for successfully rebuilding the team over the past two years as Arsenal are beginning to resemble an exciting team once more. However, the Spaniard has sold numerous academy graduates since the 2017–18 season, along with fellow countryman Unai Emery and his predecessor, Arsene Wenger.