The Catalans are in the 17th position regarding clubs with more incomes over the last 5 years
Over the last days, many has been said about the ability of FC Barcelona to transfer players. Free departures of Dani Alves, Adriano and Sandro, or Bartra's signing for Borussia for only €8 million made the debate arise again.
If we take a look at transfer data in the European market over the last 5 years, FC Barcelona is in the 17th position of the incomes ranking. The Catalans got €205.65 million thanks to transfers like Alexis (€42.5M), Cesc (€33M) or Pedro (€27M).
In order to contextualize these data, we should distance Barça from "selling" clubs like Porto, Benfica or Udinese, which stand out for signing players at a low price, training them for 2-3 years and transfer them at a higher price. These clubs are part of the TOP 10 and rarely compete at a similar level to Barça. There are also teams like Roma, Monaco or Inter, which surpass €250M because they have experienced changes in their structures and were forced to transfer some outstanding players.
In comparison to big clubs, FC Barcelona lose in front of teams like Real Madrid, 8th in the table with €281.35 million —Barça earned €205.65M,— especially thanks to transfers of players like Di María (€75M) or Özil (€45M). Chelsea also have a lot of transfers and is 4th in the table with €368.97 millions. Barça have better results than outstanding clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City or Arsenal, which have spent a lot of money but had not many transfers. It's also curious to see Bayern Munich in the 34th position with €127.20 million earned.
The conclusion is that FC Barcelona don't stand out to sell players but they don't have poor numbers compared with other top teams in Europe. In, addition, keep in mind that most players who leave the club is because they are not starters (Pedro, Cesc, Toure or Alexis), because they are in the last years of their career (Villa, Valdés, Abidal, Xavi or Puyol) or because they are young in search for minutes (Bartra, Thiago, Sandro and Deulofeu).
TOP 25 of the clubs with more incomes over the last 5 years (via Transfermarkt)