Man United still owe £169m in outstanding transfer fees - more than double any other PL club

Woodward could be to blame

Manchester United still owe a massive £169.3 million in outstanding transfer fees, meaning they have more than double the transfer debt of any other Premier League club. 

The news comes at a time when many football teams are worried about the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

With fixtures postponed for the immediate future, the cash flow has dried up, with no TV money or gate receipts coming in.

This week, the finances of top-flight clubs have been revealed and they certainly paint a worrying picture. 

Per the Daily Mail, Man United still owe £169.3 million in player transfer fees. 

Deals for the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have left them in a tough position. 

But they aren't the only team with big debts. 

Rivals Manchester City have a debt of £83.7 million, while Tottenham are just behind them, owing £83.4 million. 

Man United owe money for Maguire and Wan Bissaka

Worryingly, Fulham are £73.9 million in debt. The London club spent big upon returning to the Premier League in 2018 but were immediately relegated back to the Championship.

Before the season was suspended, the Cottagers were flying high in the second division, pushing for automatic qualification back to the top-flight. 

Should this campaign be cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak, they will likely be left in a perilous position. 

Fulham were relegated last season

You can see the full table of each Premier League club's debt below (including relegated Fulham, Huddersfield and Cardiff, rather than Norwich, Aston Villa and Sheffield United): 

  • Manchester United: £169.3m debt
  • Manchester City: £83.7m debt
  • Spurs: £83.4m debt
  • Bournemouth: £76.6m debt
  • Fulham: £73.9m debt
  • West Ham: £70.2m debt
  • Southampton: £63.7m debt
  • Arsenal: £53.2m debt
  • Crystal Palace: £47.2m debt
  • Wolves: £44.2m debt
  • Leicester City: £43.6m debt
  • Liverpool: £36.7m debt
  • Everton: £24.2m debt
  • Watford: £23.7m debt
  • Brighton: £16.5m debt
  • Cardiff: £9.6m debt
  • Burnley: £5.3m debt
  • Chelsea: Owed £1m in transfer fees
  • Huddersfield: Owed £4m in transfer fees
  • Newcastle: Owed £15m in transfer fees

As you can see, only three clubs - Chelsea, Huddersfield and Newcastle, are not in debt over transfers. 

Chelsea are in a healthy position

The coronavirus crisis and suspension of all sport could have a serious impact on top-flight football teams, as well as those in lower leagues. 

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