October 8 – Manchester’s two Premier League giants top a European ranking of highest squad transfer values, with both United and City worth more than €1.2 billion. Their nearest rival is Chelsea who are more than €200m behind them with an estimated squad value of €946 million.
Barcelona may be bleating about having no money and huge losses but they still rank fourth in the table and highest in Spain’s LaLiga with a value of €896 million – €50 million ahead of Real Madrid. Bayern Munich rank fourth overall and the German Bundesliga with an €890 million value while PSG lead league Ligue 1 with an €808 million value.
Juventus lead in Italy’s Serie A and are 11th overall, but at €618 million are only about half the value of Manchester clubs.
Premier League Newcastle United, under the majority control of new trillionaire Saudi owners, are ranked 14th in the Premier League with a squad value of €215 million. It would be a safe to say that will likely be much higher the next time the CIES Football Observatory do this analysis.
The ranking by the CIES Football Observatory looks at estimated squad transfer values of the 98 teams in the big-5 European leagues using figures calculated using the CIES’s own algorithm.
“The estimated transfer value of all English Premier League players totals €8.9 billion (€445M per team on average). For the other leagues of the big-5, these figures are €5.3 billion for the Spanish Liga (€263M per club), €4.5 billion for the German Bundesliga (€251M), €4.4 billion for the Italian Serie A (€222M) and €3.4 billion for the French Ligue 1 (€172M),” say the CIES report authors.
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