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

The Premier League is not really strapped for cash.

With huge salaries and bordering on absurd TV income, the English elite are one of the greatest cash cows in all sports and they certainly have the insane transfer fees to prove it.

While Gareth Bale and Neymar’s record-breaking moves may have been executed by clubs from La Liga and Ligue 1, don’t get me wrong that Premier League transfer fees are on the rise.

Premier League expenses

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

Also, some of the fees related to a potential Harry Kane transfer were up there with Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann’s more than £ 100million switches.

So, with all that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Premier League managers, past and present, are some of the biggest spenders in football history.

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Biggest spenders in the Premier League

At GIVEMESPORT we have already looked at the coaches with the highest transfer spend ever with Guardiola among four bosses for going over £ 1billion.

That’s all well and good, but what if we narrow our search down to the Premier League? In other words, only the expenses of a manager while coaching in the English top flight would be included.

It’s a complex calculation, it has to be said, but made possible by the data gurus at Transfermarkt, whose ‘Transfer spend per trainer’ tool may be downsized by the competition.

The biggest spending Premier League coaches of all time

Outside of Guardiola’s spending at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, outside of Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid follies and direct comparisons to Sir Alex Ferguson’s transfer habits at Manchester United.

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

25. André Villas-Boas – £ 236.00 million

24. Eddie Howe – £ 243.46million

23. Tony Pulis – £ 249.07million

22. Marco Silva – £ 258.93million

21. Alan Pardew – £ 270.93million

20. Roberto Mancini – £ 283.59million


19. Harry Redknapp – £ 311.62million

18. Louis van Gaal – £ 314.64million

17. Claudio Ranieri – £ 322.34million

16. Nuno Espirito Santo – £ 325.94 million

15. Ronald Koeman – £ 337.32million


14. Antonio Conte – £ 351.45million

13. Steve Bruce – £ 351.64million

12. Rafael Benitez – £ 416.12million

11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – £ 419.63million

10. Mauricio Pochettino – £ 435.22million


9. David Moyes – £ 438.66million

8. Jurgen Klopp – £ 475.07million

7. Brendan Rodgers – £ 490.93million

6. Mark Hughes – £ 538.53million

5. Manuel Pellegrini – £ 553.53million


4. Sir Alex Ferguson – £ 683.60million

3. Arsene Wenger – £ 845.33million

2. Pep Guardiola – £ 920.35million

1. José Mourinho – £ 1.20 billion


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Mourinho takes first place … again

So there you have it, whether judged by overall spending or just spending in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho is still the coach who throws the most money.

Although cutting spending at FC Porto, Inter Milan and Real takes the total from £ 1.54bn to £ 1.20bn, Mourinho has consistently emptied owners’ coffers more than anyone.

And that might come as a surprise to some, as Guardiola has been regularly mocked and criticized on social media for spending so much, especially on full-backs, at the Etihad stadium.


However, the Spaniard is hiding a bit of the spotlight with Arsene Wenger leading Ferguson as well as Manuel Pellegrini and Mark Hughes finishing so high raising more than a few eyebrows.

It’s also worth noting that Tottenham Hotspur new signing Antonio Conte ranks relatively low at 14th despite some costly mistakes in his second season at Chelsea.

Overall, however, it is the “Special” that remains the “Expensive”.


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