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The CIES (International Centre for Sports Studies) Football Observatory research group as usual, got the facts together following one of the busiest and most expensive summer transfer windows, and they arrived at a list of the most expensive squads in Europe.

Here are the top 20 and some of their costly players.

20.

SOUTHAMPTON

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €182 million

Most Expensive Players:

Classie, Redmond, Long, Austin.

The Saints finished in 6th place last season, and despite the sales of Wanyama and Mane, they got busy in the summer market and added some few players.

19.

WEST HAM

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €196 million

Most Expensive Players:

Payet, Ayew, Carroll, Lanzini

Their struggles this term has been mainly because of the long-term injuries within the ranks, and they have a good squad assembled with some cash.

18.

ATLETICO MADRID

League : La Liga

Current squad worth: €199 million

Most Expensive Players:

Griezmann, Gameiro, Gaitan

Despite being accused by many of being a selling club, Los Rojiblancos made a lot of signings this summer and look ready to go 2 windows without buying.

17.

NAPOLI

League : Serie A

Current squad worth: €200 million

Most Expensive Players:

Milik, Hamsik, Koulibaly

Having sold Higuain for profit, the Naples side got some additions over the summer and would hope to mount a stiff title challenge this season.

16.

ROMA

League : Serie A

Current squad worth: €201 million

Most Expensive Players:

Nainngolan, Salah.

The Capital club have tried for years to get their hands on the title, and just maybe it would be possible anytime soon as their investment in the transfer market continues.

15.

MONACO

League : Ligue 1

Current squad worth: €202 million

Most Expensive Players :

Falcao

The French side spent quite a fortune on the Colombian and would hope he finally pays back with the goals this term.

14.

EVERTON

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €212 million

Most Expensive Players:

Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Williams, Lukaku

The Merseysiders have done a lot of spendings since being acquired by a new owner, and Koeman also did some this summer upon his arrival.

13.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

League : Bundesliga

Current squad worth: €237 million

Most Expensive Players:

Dembele, Bartra, Mor, Schurrle

Tuchel would hope his huge involvement in the summer transfer market yields results at the end of the season.

12.

TOTTENHAM

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €274 million

Most Expensive Players:

Sissoko, Son, Wanyama, Janssen

Having narrowly missed out of the title race last term by failing to pick a win in their last 4 matches, Pochettino added more depth to his squad over the summer.

11.

INTER MILAN

League : Serie A

Current squad worth: €295 million

Most Expensive Players:

Joao Mario, Kondogbia

The former giants are hoping recent recruitments would help their cause as they attempt to return to the top.

10.

LIVERPOOL

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €356 million

Most Expensive Players:

Mane, Firmino, Wijnaldum, Lallana

Klopp spent reasonably well in the off-season by adding only needed quality, and his wise decisions are beginning to pay off.

9.

BAYERN MUNICH

League : Bundesliga

Current squad worth: €357 million

Most Expensive Players:

Sanches, Hummels, Costa

The 4-time Champions have always added players to their ranks when necessary, and having dominated the local scene for years, they would hope to end their 3-year wait for the Champions League trophy this season.

8.

ARSENAL

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €381 million

Most Expensive Players:

Sanchez, Ozil, Mustafi

Wenger broke the bank in recent windows to land some quality players, and he would hope his actions get justified soon.

7.

JUVENTUS

League : Serie A

Current squad worth: €395 million

Most Expensive Players :

Higuain, Dybala, Buffon

It’s not likely any team is capable of beating them to the title any season from now, but it’s in Europe they would strive to make an impact having come close to winning the Champions League 2 seasons ago.

6.

PSG

League : Ligue 1

Current squad worth: €455 million

Most Expensive Players:

Cavani, Silva, Dimaria, Marquinhos

Another local champions, but will that European glory ever arrive?

5.

CHELSEA

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €481 million

Most Expensive Players:

Hazard, Costa, Luis, Batshuayi

Abramovich’s ownership continues to be known for its huge spending, and the club would take a shot at the title and attempt to make a return to Europe after a dismal campaign last season.

4.

BARCELONA

League : La Liga

Current squad worth: €485 million

Most Expensive Players:

Neymar, Suarez, Turan, Rakitic

The La Liga reigning champs have invested in recent windows and have reaped huge benefits, winning a treble and double in the last 2 seasons.

3.

MANCHESTER CITY

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €611 million

Most Expensive Players:

Sterling, Stones, Otamendi.

Pellegrini and Guardiola’s total spendings are the highest in City’s history, and they’ve got quite the team too.

2.

REAL MADRID

League : La Liga

Current squad worth: €634 million

Most Expensive Players:

Bale, Ronaldo, Morata.

Madrid are known to be habitual high spenders, and despite their 2-window transfer ban and little activity in the recent transfer windows, the squad is still worth a lot.

1.

MANCHESTER UNITED

League : EPL

Current squad worth: €718 million

Most Expensive Players:

Pogba, Bailly, Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw.

The Red Devils splashed the cash following the recruitment of Jose Mourinho as head coach in May. The Portuguese quickly got down to business and assembled a mega-squad, which many are tipping to win the league.

Paul Koroma

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