Last season Arsenal topped the Premier League prize money table, earning £100.8 million for the 2015-16 season – £4 million more than Manchester City in second place.
The Gunners raked in more than every other team including Premier League champions Leicester City due to the facility fee – 27 of our league games were broadcast on Sky or BT, compared to only 15 of the surprise winners.
Arsenal’s 27 games were actually more than any other side; one more than Manchester United and two more than Manchester City.
That £100 million figure will seem like peanuts come May as the team finishing bottom of the table are guaranteed a minimum £99 million.
The 2016-17 Premier League champions will earn more than £150 million in prize money and that doesn’t even include the additional fees for clubs who feature in TV matches more than others.
Paddy Power betting have produced the following guide to Premier League TV deals.
The graphic includes the UK football TV history which includes the first live football broadcast, the inaugural Match of the Day and the launch of Arsenal TV.
Paul Pogba hit the news for his world record transfer fee earlier this month when Manchester United splashed out a staggering £89.7 million to re-sign the French international from Juventus.
Unfortunately we don’t appear once in the British transfer record fee as Arsène Wenger is often tight when it comes to spending in the summer transfer window.
When Bournemouth, heading into their second-ever top flight season, with a stadium that holds 11,500, can splash out £15 million on the relatively inexperienced Jordon Ibe, money is starting to become a non-factor in the Premier League. Clubs can afford to buy almost any player, if they have the pulling power that is.
Everyone was in shock when Premier League title challengers Newcastle United spent a record £15 million on Alan Shearer 20 years ago – that price seems like nothing to clubs these days.
Burnley have spent £7.5 million on the once highly-rated Steven Defour this summer, Crystal Palace £13 million on Andros Townsend and £10 million on James Tomkins and Swasnea City have spent £15.5 million on Borja Baston to give you an indication of how mad spending has gone in England’s top flight.
When will we witness the first-ever £100 million signing? It’s surely only a matter of time now…