A list of the 25 most expensive squads in Europe has been published and it includes Newcastle United.
The CIES Football Observatory monitor the big 5 leagues in Europe (Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A) and publish all kinds of data to do with the game, particularly on the financial side.
After this latest transfer window, they have put together this list below of the European squads that have cost most to put together (They actually published the top 98 most expensive squads and we have shown the top 30 below – plus all of the English PL clubs outside the top 30 – there are only 7 of them!).
The most obvious thing is the ever growing dominance of Premier League clubs.
Three of the top four and seven of the top 12, are English clubs.
After spending €242m this summer, Manchester City are at the very top with a squad that has cost €853m to assemble.
Despite spending an incredible/ridiculous €395 in this most recent transfer window, PSG have just failed to reach that top spot, their squad costing €850m.
Next up you have €784m Man Utd and €644m Chelsea.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are down in fifth and sixth, with then Juventus and Liverpool.
As well as these usual suspects, you now have Spurs and Everton sandwiching Bayern Munich, the scousers spending €136m this summer, whilst the German elite club actually made a profit of €7m.
As the Premier League gets ever more lucrative you have the likes here of Crystal Palace and Southampton in equal 20th place, with squads that have cost €223m each.
Whilst of more local interest, despite Mike Ashley blocking realistic investment this summer, Newcastle are still the 25th most expensive squad in the big five leagues, the current squad costing €162m – which is the equivalent of around £147m at today’s exchange rates.
Much of that spending of course came before Rafa Benitez’ arrival, with Mitrovic, Mbemba and Shelvey all costing £10m ore more, then Rafa Benitez adding the likes of Ritchie, Gayle and Murphy who also cost double figures.
CIES Football Observatory most expensively assembled squads in big 5 European leagues (values in euros):
€853m Man City
€784m Man Utd
€497m Real Madrid
€350m Bayern Munich
€316m AC Milan
€275m Borussia Dortmund
€268m Inter Milan
€231m Atletico Madrid
€223m Crystal Palace
€213m Crystal Palace
€200m West Ham
€165m Bayer Leverkusen
€162m Newcastle United (25th)
€156m Watford (28th)
The other English clubs had values of:
€126m West Brom (32nd)
€126m Stoke (32nd)
€124m Swansea (34th)
€112m Bournemouth (40th)
€101m Burnley (42nd)
€77m Brighton (49th)
€62m Huddersfield (53rd)