Manchester City have paid a total of €878million (£777.9million) in transfer fees to assemble their current squad, which appears set to cruise to the 2017/18 Premier League title.
Where does that rank on the list of most expensive squads in Europe? At the very top, according to a new study by the CIES Football Observatory, the well-known research group for sports studies.
City’s €878million spent puts them above Paris Saint-Germain (€805million) and neighbours Manchester United (€747million) on the list of priciest squads, but the evidence this season suggests the money has been spent well with Pep Guardiola now having a squad capable of fighting on all four fronts.
There was heavy investment last summer as ageing full-backs Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna were allowed to leave, while Jesus Navas, Willy Caballero, Nolito, Fernando, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Bony also departed as Pep Guardiola sought to improve his stagnant squad.
Almost £200million was invested in goalkeeper Ederson, the full-back trio of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo, and winger Bernardo Silva, before a club record fee of £57million was shelled out last month to acquire Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.
The accelerated spending puts City at the top of the most expensive squad list, although with a young squad now in place, there is expected to be a much more modest outlay in the next few years.
Here is the complete list of most expensive squads in Europe, courtesy of the CIES Football Observatory:
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