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The Best Squad Transfer Values In The Big Five Leagues

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Abhinab Ghosh
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The big leagues are characterized by big spenders and after the Newcastle United takeover, we are definitely set to have another spree of big spending in the Premier League. Big investments have been made in the Premier League in recent years, and not just in England, other clubs, like PSG have also benefited from huge injections of cash.

With the big cash injections, it becomes tough balancing especially when it comes to promoting players from the youth teams because of the need for instant success. A push up of ambitions means acquisition of top players and more pressure on them to perform, based on the amount in wages paid.

Such scenarios almost always see youth team players released upon reaching 18, unless they hold really special talent, the likes of Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and the likes.

It is not a surprise, therefore, that the money spinning leagues, otherwise known as the big five leagues, are the ones with the best players, and more trooping towards these leagues as seen in the summer transfers. With regard to the competitive levels these big players bring to the leagues, the most focus will be on such leagues and it follows that the best football tips and predictions will be on these leagues.

Here are some of the most valuable squads in terms of transfer values:

Manchester City: English champions Manchester City paid out the highest amount for one player in the summer transfer window, in a show of their ambition and will to keep dominating the Premier League. The Citizens paid Aston Villa £100m just for the signature of English international Jack Grealish. They were still willing to spend more on Harry Kane, and later Cristiano Ronaldo. The value of the squad is placed at £1.09b and they rank highest, according to CIES football Observatory.

Manchester United: The Premier League giants beat their crosstown neighbours to the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most valuable players in football at the moment. They also brought in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, boosting the value of their squad. They are ranked second, at a value of £1.038b. The two Manchester clubs are the only teams in the top 10 to reach over £1b in squad transfer values.

Chelsea: The top five is clearly dominated by Premier League teams. Chelsea comes third with an estimated value of £809m after also engaging in some interesting transfer activity in recent times. In the summer transfer window, they broke the bank to go for Inter Milan talisman Romelu Lukaku; they paid a cool £97m for him, though they managed to recoup more in terms of outbound sales.

Barcelona: The Catalans giants have been rocked by key exits in the past two seasons. They have lost a number of top players including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and more. However, they still have a valuable squad, rated at £766m, and coming in fourth among the top valued clubs.

Bayern Munich: Apart from Barcelona, the other team outside the Premier League in the top five is Bayern Munich. The German side have been an epitome of stability and maintained their allure even without paying huge amounts for players. They did make a number of marquee signings but it is the long serving players in the team who drive up their value. The team’s squad is rated at £761m, making them the best ranked Bundesliga team in terms of transfer values.

Others in the top 10 include Liverpool at £742m, Real Madrid at £723m, PSG at £691m, Borussia Dortmund at £587m and Atletico Madrid at £566m.

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