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Man City have most expensive squad in football – CIES

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Manchester City have the most expensive squad in football, according to research group CIES Football Observatory.

City spent £215m in the summer transfer market to take the total outlay on their squad to 853m euros (£775m).

That is £3m more than the amount spent by Paris St-Germain, who signed Neymar in the summer for a world record £200m.

Manchester United, who have spent 784m euros (£712m) on their current squad, are third.

They were top of the table last year, but their squad’s value has only increased by £66m this summer.

The CIES data covers Europe’s big five leagues – the top divisions in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Premier League teams fill six of the top 10 positions, and have the highest average squad worth of 287m euros (£261m).

Costliest squads

Club                                    Country                        Cost (euros)

All figures from CIES Football Observatory

Manchester City               England                       853

Paris St-Germain              France                       850

Manchester United        England                      784

Chelsea                                England                      644

Barcelona                          Spain                            628

Real Madrid                      Spain                           497

Juventus                            Italy                             470

Liverpool                          England                       437

Arsenal                            England                         416

Tottenham                     England                        361

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