Man Utd and Man City squads worth £2.15bn combined as Tottenham and Arsenal trail

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Manchester United and Manchester City apparently have a combined squad value of a mouthwatering £2.15billion. City’s squad is the most valuable in Europe, while United’s is worth only slightly less.

Chelsea’s squad is the third most valuable as Premier League clubs dominate the top 10 positions in the standings.

According to the Weekly Post, City’s squad is worth £1.093billion, with United’s players holding £1.036m of value.

Chelsea’s players are worth a total of £808m after the team’s value was enhanced by the signing of Romelu Lukaku this summer.

Meanwhile, Tottenham and Arsenal both missed out on a place in the top 10, with their squads worth £485m and £481m respectively.

Barcelona have the most valuable squad outside of the Premier League, with their players priced at £765m.

That will be music to the ears of club chiefs after president Joan Laporta announced that the Catalonians were in £1.15billion of debt earlier this year.

Bayern Munich complete the top five and could expect to receive £760m if they sold their entire squad.

Surprisingly, Paris Saint-Germain had to settle for eighth-place in the standings with £689.5m, despite the fact they have blockbuster stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in their squad.

Given that Man City broke the British transfer record to land Jack Grealish this summer, it’s not a shock to see them at the top of the list.

They would have been way ahead of their competition if they were successful in landing Harry Kane from Tottenham this summer.

Man Utd’s squad value was boosted by the arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo in August.

Despite being 36 years old and joining the Red Devils for an initial fee of just £12.8m, Ronaldo is still worth an incredible £40.5m according to Transfermarkt.

Liverpool were sixth in the standings with a squad value of £740.5m, one place ahead of Spanish giants Real Madrid (£723m).

Borussia Dortmund [£586m] were ninth, while Atletico Madrid (£565m) completed the top 10.

The figures outlined in the report were calculated using the exclusive CIES Football Observatory algorithm.

The astronomical values of the top players have long been debated by those in the game, with some pundits suggesting transfer fees are spiralling out of control.

The values are often inflated by super agents, who then benefit from sealing their clients a move.

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan recently bemoaned the amount of money some agents are earning from their players.

“If people are stupid enough to want to pay players a million pounds a week and if they’re stupid enough to want to pay £200m for a footballer then you have to look at that and say ‘eurgh’, Jordan told talkSPORT in the summer.

“There has to be some control over what agents are taking out of football.”

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