Most profitable European academies
Chelsea and Liverpool are the most profitable academies in the Premier League, but they’re still off the pace compared to some of Europe’s biggest youth systems.
Real Madrid ran the second most profitable academy from an economic perspective during the period considered (€330 M), while AS Monaco completes the podium (€285 M) ahead of the Dutch side of AFC Ajax (€283 M).
With €2.03 billion, English clubs generated then most money by the transfer of academy graduates since July 2015, just ahead French teams (€1.61 billion).
Spanish clubs (€1.39 billion) complete the podium per nation, ahead of the Italians (€1.11 billion), the Brazilians (€951 M), the Germans (€916 M), the Portuguese (€788 M), the Dutch (€709 M) and the Argentineans (€566 M).
Southampton were the old churner of world-class talent, with Alan Shearer, Gareth Bale and Matt Le Tissier climbing through the ranks at St Mary’s, but the goalposts have somewhat shifted since then.
And a list of the top ten most profitable European academies have been released, with Chelsea and Liverpool leading the way for the Premier League.
CIES Football Observatory have observed which clubs worldwide have generated the most income from sales since July 2015 from academy graduates.
Ranked! Most profitable European academies
Chelsea are the highest-ranked English team in the rankings as they sit in the eighth position, but it’s perhaps not a fair reflection of the success of their academy, as they have only just started letting their stars go.
Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori make up a large proportion of the £175m profit, but with stars such as Billy Gilmour, Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja thriving out on loan, they could shoot up the rankings with future sales.
Liverpool sits in the tenth and have Raheem Sterling to thank for 41 percent of their total £142m figure due to his mega-money move to Manchester City.
Chelsea’s academy is arguably the greatest Premier League youth set-up in the modern-day though, as after being criticized in the past for their loan system, they appear to have got the balance right.
Mason Mount, Reece James, Andreas Christensen, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all academy graduates that are thriving in the first team, and Trevoh Chalobah is also becoming more of a senior figure at Stamford Bridge.