Conte, Klopp, Guardiola: Which Premier League manager has spent the most on transfers ever?


The Premier League isn’t exactly short of cash.

With mega-money wages and television revenue that borders on the absurd, England’s top-flight is one of the biggest cash cows in all of sport and it certainly has the crazy transfer fees to prove it.

While the record-breaking moves of Gareth Bale and Neymar might have been executed by La Liga and Ligue 1 clubs, make no mistake that Premier League transfer fees are on the rise.

Premier League spending

Not only was Paul Pogba’s long-standing record for English football broken by Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City, but it could have been shattered once again if Pep Guardiola had his way.

Besides, some of the fees being bounded around for a potential Harry Kane transfer were up there with Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann’s £100-million-plus switches.

So, bearing all of that in mind, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Premier League managers both past and present are amongst the highest spenders in football history.

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Biggest Premier League spenders

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we have already looked at the coaches with the highest transfer expenditure of all time with Guardiola amongst four bosses to have surpassed £1 billion.

Now, that’s all well and good, but what if we narrowed our search to the Premier League? In other words, only a manager’s spending while coaching in England’s top-flight would be included.

It’s a complex calculation, it must be said, but one that’s made possible by the data gurus over at Transfermarkt, whose ‘Transfer Expenditure per coach’ tool can be narrowed down by competition.

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Highest-spending Premier League coaches ever

Out is Guardiola’s spending at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, out is Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid splurging and in are direct comparisons to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United transfer habits.

What are you waiting for then? Be sure to check out the managers with the biggest Premier League transfer spending of all time down below:

25. Andre Villas-Boas – £236.00 million


24. Eddie Howe – £243.46 million

23. Tony Pulis – £249.07 million

22. Marco Silva – £258.93 million

21. Alan Pardew – £270.93 million

20. Roberto Mancini – £283.59 million


19. Harry Redknapp – £311.62 million

18. Louis van Gaal – £314.64 million

17. Claudio Ranieri – £322.34 million

16. Nuno Espirito Santo – £325.94 million

15. Ronald Koeman – £337.32 million


14. Antonio Conte – £351.45 million

13. Steve Bruce – £351.64 million

12. Rafael Benitez – £416.12 million

11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – £419.63 million

10. Mauricio Pochettino – £435.22 million


9. David Moyes – £438.66 million

8. Jurgen Klopp – £475.07 million

7. Brendan Rodgers – £490.93 million

6. Mark Hughes – £538.53 million

5. Manuel Pellegrini – £553.53 million


4. Sir Alex Ferguson – £683.60 million

3. Arsene Wenger – £845.33 million

2. Pep Guardiola – £920.35 million

1. Jose Mourinho – £1.20 billion


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Mourinho takes top spot… again

So, there you have it, regardless of whether we’re judging by expenditure overall or simply spending in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho is still the coach throwing around the most cash.

Although the removal of his FC Porto, Inter Milan and Real spending brings the total down from £1.54 billion to £1.20 billion, Mourinho has still emptied owners’ coffers more than anybody else.

And that might come as a surprise to some with Guardiola having routinely been mocked and criticised on social media for spending so much, particularly on full-backs, at the Etihad Stadium.


However, the Spaniard somewhat ducks out of the limelight with Arsene Wenger topping Ferguson as well as Manuel Pellegrini and Mark Hughes finishing so highly raising more than a few eyebrows.

It’s also interesting to note that Tottenham Hotspur’s new recruit, Antonio Conte, places relatively low down in 14th place despite making some expensive errors in his second season at Chelsea.

Overall, though, it’s the ‘Special One’ who endures as the ‘Expensive One’.



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