Manchester United’s current squad is the most expensive ever assembled ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City, according to new research from the CIES Football Observatory.
Released on Wednesday, CIES’ latest research shows United have spent €1.15billion (£989) on their current squad, with just under £400m gone on transfer fees since Erik ten Hag took over in May of last year.
The Dutchman signed Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia in his first summer at Old Trafford for a combined outlay of over £120m.
He also sanctioned the £85m purchase of Antony, making the Brazilian the third-most expensive player in United’s history after Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
This summer, United have spent £72m on Rasmus Hojlund and have signed Mason Mount from Chelsea in a deal worth up to £60m, while Andre Onana joined from Inter Milan for £47m.
The Blues are close behind United having spent £975m on players since Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital took over from Roman Abramovich 18 months ago.
Last month, the Blues signed Moises Caicedo from Brighton in a deal worth a British record £115m, breaking the £105m record they had set in January when they signed Enzo Fernandez.
City round out the top three, having spent on £900m on assembling their squad, with just under a quarter of the sum invested on four summer signings this year – Josko Gvardiol, Matheus Nunes, Jeremy Doku and Mateo Kovacic.
Significantly, City have got a much better return on their investment, which has delivered three consecutive Premier League titles and a historic treble last season.
Paris Saint-Germain are the only non-Premier League to squeeze into the top five.
The Ligue 1 champions’ squad is worth a combined £860m, but the Parisians have spent more than anyone else on their attack with £480m invested on strikers.