Issue number 346 of the Weekly Post presents the annual CIES Football Observatory analysis on big-5 league teams’ transfer fee spending to assemble their squads. With an estimated €1.08 billion committed to sign their current players (possible add-ons included), Manchester City remains at the top of the rankings. However, with respect to the start of the 2020/21 season, the gap with Manchester United went down by almost €140 million: from €192M to just about €57M.
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Raffaele Poli
Roger Besson
Loïc Ravenel
Thomas Gonzalez

The Manchester teams are the only ones to have committed over a billion euro in transfer indemnities to make up their current squads. Paris St-Germain complete the podium (€939M, +€51M with respect to the previous season), followed by Real Madrid (€787M, + €79M) and Chelsea (€780M, + €17M). Three further English Premier League teams (Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham), as well as Barcelona and Juventus, also committed more than €500 M in transfer fees to assemble their squads.

Per league, the average transfer fees committed per team to sign current squad members vary between €407 million for the English Premier League (with a minimum of about €87M for Norwich City) and €130M for the French Ligue 1 (with a minimum for Clermont Foot). The data for 2020/21 are available here.

Transfer fees committed to assemble the squad (€ Million)

Big-5 league club squads, updated on 06/09/2021