Newcastle may entertain Chelsea this weekend with the financial edge over the Champions League winners, but they will still fail to match the Blues off the pitch, never mind on it, this season.
For we can reveal the staggering sum that the Magpies’ new Saudi owners would need to spend in January to match what Chelsea splashed out in the first transfer window after Roman Abramovich’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Using TotallyMoney.com’s Transfer Index to calculate what past transfers are worth today, the obstacles to Toon fans’ dreams of the biggest spending spree in Premier League history become clear.
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And no more so than when looking at what general inflation and the increased revenues in top-end football mean Abramovich’s first window spend - back in 2003 - equates to today.
Chelsea shocked the world that summer, when they became the first football club to transform into a financial juggernaut overnight.
Abramovich parked his tanks in West London and immediately took aim at the Premier League powerhouses in the transfer market, spending a whopping £153 million in a month after his arrival.
So what would Newcastle have to splash out in January to rival the Russian’s initial splurge?
Just the small matter of . . . £639m.
Given United - unlike Chelsea in 2003 - will have to deal with Financial Fair Play regulations - that level of spending will be impossible, even in a hyper-inflated transfer market.
These were the cash signings Abramovich made in that manic first window at Stamford Bridge, with today’s value of each deal provided, courtesy of the TotallyMoney.com football inflation calculator.
They include a player later viewed as a waste of money at Newcastle - Damien Duff - in a deal worth an eye-watering £90m-plus, as well as fellow future Toon flop, Geremi.
Then - £24.4million
Now - £98.2million
Then - £22million
Now - £92.6million
Juan Sebastian Veron
Then - £19.3million
Now - £81.2million
Then - £18million
Now - £75.6million
Then - £17.1million
Now - £71.8million
Then - £12.6million
Now - £52.9million
Then - £9.4million
Now - £39.6million
Then - £9million
Now - £37.8million
Then - £8.9million
Now - £37.4million
Then - £7.4million
Now - £31.3million
Then - £4.9million
Now - £20.7million
Then - £153million
Now - £639.1million
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