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Man Utd transfer news: How much has been spent on transfers under the Glazers?

Cameron Smith
The Glazers, Man Utd, 2010
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Manchester United are one of the most recognisable clubs in world football, although they have suffered a massive drop-off in form since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League title since their legendary manager stepped down in 2013, while their Carabao Cup triumph in 2023 was the first trophy won by Man Utd since 2017.

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However, they remain the English club with the largest fanbase across the world.

Despite Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition of a minority stake at Old Trafford, Man Utd are still owned by the Glazers, who have been in charge since May 2005.

Below, FootballTransfers runs through how much Man Utd have spent since the Glazers joined.

How much have Man Utd spent on transfers under the Glazers?

Man Utd have spent a total of €2.190 billion (€2,190 million) on transfers since the Glazers took over in 2005.

Man Utd’s first major signing following the Glazers’ arrival was Edwin van der Sar from Fulham, while Ji-sung Park also joined during the same transfer window. Nemanja Vidic arrived just six months later in a fantastic first season of transfer business.

The Glazers have continued to consistently spend large fees on new signings in recent years, with over €100m spent in four of the past five seasons.

Their biggest spending season came in 2022-23, however. Man Utd spent a whopping €238m on new signings, as Antony, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez all joined the club.

Man Utd’s spending under the Glazers

Season Total Spend
2005-06 €21.8m
2006-07 €27.6m
2007-08 €97m
2008-09 €45.3m
2009-10 €27.5m
2010-11 €29.7m
2011-12 €62.5m
2012-13 €76.7m
2013-14 €80.4m
2014-15 €188.1m
2015-16 €156.2m
2016-17 €185m
2017-18 €198.4m
2018-19 €85.2m
2019-20 €235.3m
2020-21 €90m
2021-22 €142m
2022-23 €238m
2023-24 €193.3m

How much have Man Utd earned through sales under the Glazers?

Man Utd have earned a total of €702.8m through player sales since the Glazers took over in 2005.

Raphael Varane joined Man Utd in 2021
© IMAGO – Raphael Varane joined Man Utd in 2021

What is Man Utd’s net spend under the Glazers?

Man Utd’s net spend under the Glazers is €1.4872 billion (€1,487.2 million).

Who are Man Utd’s most expensive signings under the Glazers?

Paul Pogba is Man Utd’s most expensive signing under the Glazers. The French midfielder joined the Red Devils from Juventus for a fee of €105m in 2016.

Brazilian winger Antony is second on the list, courtesy of his €95m transfer from Ajax in 2022.

Harry Maguire (€87m) is Man Utd’s third most expensive signing since the Glazers became owners, while Jadon Sancho (€85m) and Romelu Lukaku (€84.7m) complete the top five.

Player From Fee
1. Paul Pogba Juventus €105m
2. Antony Ajax €95m
3. Harry Maguire Leicester €87m
4. Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund €85m
5. Romelu Lukaku Everton €84.7m

Who are Man Utd’s most expensive sales under the Glazers?

Cristiano Ronaldo is Man Utd’s most expensive sale under the Glazers. The Portuguese superstar left the Red Devils to join Real Madrid for a fee of €94m in 2009.

Romelu Lukaku is the second biggest Man Utd sale under the Glazers. He joined Inter Milan for a fee of €74m in 2019.

Angel Di Maria (€63m) is Man Utd’s third most expensive sale since the Glazers became owners, while David Beckham (€37.5m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (€34m) complete the top five.

Player To Fee
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid €94m
2. Romelu Lukaku Inter €74m
3. Angel Di Maria PSG €63m
4. David Beckham Real Madrid €37.5m
5. Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal €34m

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