Man Utd overpaid by a staggering £210million on transfers in last decade – more than any other club in Europe

    MANCHESTER UNITED are the biggest overspenders on transfer fees in the last decade among clubs in Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues.

    A study conducted by the CIES Football Observatory found the Red Devils’ overspent by £210million on their 33 signings between July 2012 and November 2021.

    Five Premier League clubs make up the top ten in Europe


    Five Premier League clubs make up the top ten in Europe
    Manchester United overpaid by around £50million on Antony


    Manchester United overpaid by around £50million on AntonyCredit: Getty
    United spent £80m on Harry Maguire


    United spent £80m on Harry MaguireCredit: Getty
    Juventus were the second biggest overspenders after signings like Cristiano Ronaldo


    Juventus were the second biggest overspenders after signings like Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Reuters

    United spent an eyewatering total of £1.4billion over the ten year period.

    But the market value of all of the players they bought tots up to just £1.19bn, highlighting how much the club has overspent.

    Their business in the summer was an example of that as Antony alone arrived for a fee that was more than £50m above his value.

    Like Antony, Paul Pogba and captain Harry Maguire also cost the club more than £80m – so it is easy to see how United have overspent.

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    No European club has been fleeced as badly although Juventus are a close second after overspending by £208m thanks to signings like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain.

    Paris St Germain are third with £142m and next is perhaps a surprise inclusion – Aston Villa – with £130m after spending big on Emi Buendia and Ollie Watkins.

    The other Premier League clubs included in the top ten are Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton – with the London pair overspending by £120m and £114m respectively.

    The Blues had to overpay in the summer to land the likes of Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella after missing out on first-choice targets like Jules Kounde.

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    French side Rennes one of eight clubs to have overspent by £100m or more, while German giants Borussia Dortmund round off the top ten with an overspend of £67m.

    Some 36 clubs in Europe’s top five leagues actually underspent on transfer in the last ten years.

    But only three of those sides play in the Prem – Tottenham, Wolves and Brighton.

    Wolves lead the way after underpaying by £6m, while Spurs and Brighton made savings of £5m and £875,000 respectively.


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