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Man Utd top world rankings for squad cost

Man Utd top world rankings for squad cost

Manchester United have spent more money on assembling their current squad than any other football club on the planet.

A new report from the CIES Football Observatory reveals the current crop of players at Old Trafford have cost a world-topping £991.7m – edging the £977.9m spent by Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Manchester City rank third with a squad costing £898.5m, followed by Paris Saint-Germain (£862.3m), Arsenal (£720.9m), Tottenham (£714.9m), Liverpool (£664m), Real Madrid (£610.5m), Newcastle (£570m) and West Ham (£435.5m).

The report breaks down overall expenditure by positions and reveals only PSG have spent more than Manchester United on current forwards.

Manchester United have signed striker Rasmus Hojlund

Manchester United splashed £72m on Rasmus Hojlund this summer

The Red Devils also shelled out a table-topping £330.3m on their current defenders – despite the club’s rearguard woes – while only Liverpool have spent more on goalkeepers.

Real Madrid splashed the most cash on their new-look midfield – having spent £115m on Jude Bellingham alone during this summer transfer window.

Football Observatory figures only include transfer fees for current squad players – factoring loan fees and potential add-ons. Some values differ from Sky Sports figures.

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Newly-promoted Luton were the only Premier League club not to feature in the top 100 rankings – while Championship sides Leicester (26th, £242.3m), Southampton (34th, £196.6m), Leeds (35th, £194.9m) and Norwich (80th, £65.5m) made the list, with Italian side Parma (£89.7m) being the only other second-tier team to feature.

Italy’s Serie A ranked second for overall representation in the rankings with 15 teams, followed by Europe’s remaining ‘big five’ leagues: La Liga in Spain (12), Ligue 1 in France and the Bundesliga in Germany (both 11).

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The Saudi Pro League was represented by four teams and soared into joint-sixth spot – level with the EFL Championship – after the league’s explosive summer transfer window.

All four clubs are owned by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, who also own Newcastle – splashing a combined £685.3m on new recruits this summer, according to Transfermarkt figures.

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