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The CIES Football Observatory has ranked Manchester United as the worst club in Europe for overpaying

According to a respected football research group, Manchester United has done more to inflate player transfer fees than any other club in Europe’s big five leagues over the last decade.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, United have overspent on players by £209 million (€238.4 million) since July 2012. According to the study, United spent £1.4 billion (€1.6 billion) on 33 players over a 10-year period, when their market value was estimated to be £1.19 billion (€1.36 billion).

The Italian club was estimated to have paid £204 million (€233 million) over the odds for players in the last decade, while the French champions were estimated to have paid £142 million (€162 million).

United have been chastised for recent transfer fees, most notably the £85 million (€97 million) paid to Leicester for Harry Maguire and the £50 million (€57 million) paid to Crystal Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2019.

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Wan-Bissaka has only played four minutes of football this season under Erik ten Hag and appears to be surplus to requirements, while Maguire, United’s captain, has lost his starting spot under the new manager.

United’s £227 million (€259 million) outlay on six new signings this summer was their largest close-season outlay, with some targets costing significantly more than their initial valuations.

After having an initial £53 million (€60 million) bid for Antony rejected by Ajax, United ended up paying £85.5 million (€97.5 million) for the Brazilian forward, a month after spending £57 million (€65 million) on Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez from the Dutch club, nearly £20 million (€23 million) more than their opening offer.

Since 2012, Aston Villa has been ranked as the second-worst Premier League club in terms of overspending by the CIES Football Observatory. Villa were accused of overpaying for players by £131 million (€149 million).

According to the study, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, and Brighton were the only three Premier League clubs out of 36 to invest less than expected to complete the transfer deals evaluated.

CIES cited this as confirmation of the Premier League’s “key role” in “driving up inflation on the transfer market.”

The CIES Football Observatory is a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies that specializes in football statistics. (2022 Telegraph Media Group Ltd)

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[2022] Telegraph Media Group Limited