Despite it being a common thought that Southampton are just a selling club, reports in the Daily Echo have finally put that misconception to bed.
The south coast outfit’s 2015/16 accounts were released on Wednesday and show that since the 2013/14 season, Saints have actually spent out £220.2m in purchasing players, compared to the £175.1m they have brought in through selling their key men – a difference of £45.1m.
Fans have often criticised the club for their failure to replace stars such as Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama over the course of the last few years, but those criticisms have officially been answered now.
In total, the club has actually made a £94m investment – including wages – over that four-year period.
When the figures were published on Wednesday, Saints supporters were quick to show their surprise at the news, while some praised how well the club continues to be run.
Here are just some of Twitter reactions to the release of accounts…
@AdamBlackmore well, the facts are there – but with such high profile sales, I find it difficult to believe! ????
— Stuart Haynes (@StuartHaynes1) March 15, 2017
— simon hughes (@chipmonk1973) March 15, 2017
— Dave Truman (@DaveTrumanSFC) March 15, 2017
@AdamBlackmore blimey thought they had been raking it in, mostly from Liverpool.
— Lord Milder (@d_milder) March 15, 2017
@AdamBlackmore some very creative accounting here. Not like for like at all.
— andy c (@saintgert) March 15, 2017
Those financial figures don't surprise me. A lot of money has been pumped into making the squad look as good as it does today. #saintsfc
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) March 15, 2017