According to a study by the Football Observatory CIESManchester United would be the European club that “overpays” its recruits the most, ahead of Juventus Turin and Paris Saint-Germain.
the CIES carried out this study based on all the transfer windows of the last decade, comparing the sums spent by European leaders with the supposed real values of these recruits. At the very top of this ranking, we find unsurprisingly Manchester United, which would have overpaid its players to the tune of 238 million euros since 2012. It must be said that the Mancunian club is often mocked by the English media for the low performance of the players. purchased at exorbitant prices in recent seasons. Fred (60 million), Romelu Lukaku (85 million), Harry Maguire (87 million), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (55 million) or even Donny ven de Beek (39 million) are just a few examples of probably overrated players to whom we could add Paul Pogba (105 million) and Jadon Sancho (85 million). The Brazilian Antony, bought 100 million euros this summer from Ajax Amsterdam, is yet another example of the English club’s spending madness.
PSG on the podium
For the CIES, Paris Saint-Germain is far from up to par in the negotiations and ranks 3rd in this ranking with a total of +162 million euros out of 31 transactions recorded. As with Manchester United, selling clubs tend to inflate prices against clubs with large financial means. Neymar and Mauro Icardi, for example, are among the players who should have been bought cheaper on a totally objective market. The growing attractiveness of PSG over the last decade nevertheless mitigates the phenomenon. In this little game, Juve (+234 million) is on the heels of Manchester United, far ahead of PSG.
And the rest of Ligue 1?
In Ligue 1, three clubs are in the TOP 20 of the CIES. These are Stade Rennais (8th, +114 million), Olympique Lyonnais (13th, +71 million) and AS Monaco (18th, +57 million). The English formations, whose means are the most important in Europe thanks to TV rights, are very well represented in this ranking.
.@CIES_Football analysis of gaps bw fees invested & players’ fair price @ManUtd leads overspending table with +€2⃣3⃣8⃣M (+18%) ahead of @AVFCOfficial & @ChelseaFC @Wolves, @SpursOfficial & @ManCity among finest negotiators Data & method https://t.co/DXs6KC0tjc pic.twitter.com/1krCQtSJ4e
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) September 19, 2022
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