Prem trio have the world’s most costly squads – including managerless Chelsea

Premier League sides Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea have the most expensive squads in football.

A new report has found that the trio have a collective value costing a whopping £2.5billion.

Following the closure of the transfer window, the CIES Football Observatory has tallied up the numbers and listed clubs n Europe's 'big five' leagues in accordance with the transfer fees paid to assemble their squads.

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The English clubs are all at the top of the rankings. Pep Guardiola’s City is at the top of the rankings with a squad cost of £917m, which includes potential add-ons.

The Citizens are followed by United, with their side costing £863m in total. Thereafter Chelsea’s squad cost a cool £759m. After which, Paris Saint-Germain sit in fourth place with £730m. Then it’s Liverpool in fourth with £669m before Real Madrid and Barcelona come below that.

Indeed, Los Blancos are in sixth place with a spend of £621m, while their arch-rivals Barcelona are seventh with £539m. Premier League as north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham take eighth and ninth places with £460m and £447m, respectively., before Atletico Madrid, with their spend of £432m, finalise the top ten.

City’s Jack Grealish is the most expensive member of his side, costing £100m from Aston Villa last summer. Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias cost £68m and £61m respectively.

United captain Harry Maguire is the second costliest at £80m – while his club and international team-mate Jadon Sancho is just behind him at £76.5m.

Teams in Germany and Italy do not make the top 10 of the list.

1. Manchester City £917m

2. Manchester United £863m

3. Chelsea £759m

4. PSG £730m

5. Liverpool £669m

6. Real Madrid £621m

7. Barcelona £539m

8. Arsenal £460m

9. Tottenham £447m

10. Atletico Madrid £432m


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