No sooner had José Mourinho taken the helm of Manchester United than he promptly smashed the world transfer record by signing Paul Pogba, for an astronomical €105,000,000, from Juventus. Due, in large part, to hugely expensive TV deals, the value of players has skyrocketed since 1968, when Pietro Anastasi went from Varese to Juventus for a lowly €500,000. Not taking inflation into account, you could buy 1968’s most expensive player 178 times for the price of Paul Pogba in 2016.
As of May 2016, a total of €929,906,000 had been spent during the summer transfer window, with the average Premier League transfer fee being roughly €12,116,100.
The Manchester heavyweights have been the biggest spenders so far, but still haven’t even spent half of their total revenue. Manchester United have spent €184,166,000 – only 40% of their total revenue of €464,611,000. Meanwhile rivals Manchester City are close behind, having spent €174,500,000 – or 42% of their €412,250,000 revenue.
Writing as an A.C. Milan supporter has almost made me curl into a fetal position and cry. A.C Milan and Real Madrid combined have only spent a total of €55,747,500 so far, whilst even Aston Villa’s new owner has opened his wallet and gone on a shopping spree worth €57,937,600.
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