October 13 – An analysis on the transfer fees paid by big-5 league clubs in 2019 shows a dominance of Premier League clubs amongst the big spenders, with Manchester City topping the spending table, and Manchester United third ranked, just behind PSG.
The report by the CIES Football Observatory shows Manchester City paid €1.036 billion to sign their current players (including add-ons). That is Manchester City is €22 million more than a year ago.
“The transfer expenditure to assemble the squad for Manchester United increased by €93 million compared to October 2019: from €751 million to €844 million. With this increase, the Red Devils get closer to Paris St-Germain (€888 million, – €25 million) and overtake Real Madrid (€708 million, – 194 million),” say the report authors.
The biggest increase in fees spent was by Chelsea (€761 million, +€198 million), who are ranked fifth in the table, behind Barcelona.
“Apart from Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid, only three other non-English teams are in the top 12: Barcelona (4th, €826 milliom), Juventus (8th, €594 milliom) and Atlético Madrid (11th, €483 million),” finds the CIES.
No team in the Premier League spent less than €100 million to sign current players. Looking at the ranking there are nine Premier League teams in the top 20 and 14 in the top 20.
Comparatively there four Italian clubs in the top 20, three from LaLiga, and two each from Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue1.
Current European Champions, Bayern Munich, are ranked 15th (€408 million).
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