Manchester United have the most expensive squad ever assembled, according to a recent report.
The CIES Football Observatory have revealed the priciest squads in Europe, with the Red Devils coming a clear top at £627.7 million.
The research involves totalling the amount spent on both transfers and wages to come up with the final price.
Real Madrid and Manchester City came second and third, with £554.2 million and £533.9 million respectively lavished on their squads.
In total, nine Premier League sides come in the top 20, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, West Ham, and Southampton making up the rest.
This comes after a summer in which English sides have again splashed out on new players thanks to their superior TV deal.
Paul Pogba’s world record breaking £89 million move to Old Trafford topped this off, helping to increase United’s spend on their players by over £160 million alongside the arrivals of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
CIES top 20 most expensive squads 2016
- Manchester United, £627.7m
- Real Madrid, £554.2m
- Manchester City, £533.9m
- Barcelona, £423.9m
- Chelsea, £420.5m
- PSG, £397.8m
- Juventus, £345.3m
- Arsenal, £333m
- Bayern Munich, £312m
- Liverpool, £311.2m
- Inter Milan, £257.6m
- Tottenham, £239.3m
- Borussia Dortmund, £207m
- Everton, £185.1m
- AS Monaco, £176.4m
- AS Roma, £175.7m
- Napoli, £174.8m
- Atletico Madrid, £173.8m
- West Ham, £171.2
- Southampton, £158.9m
It is still to be seen whether these massive sums will help top flight sides to compete in the Champions League this season, where they have struggled in recent campaigns.
Spanish and German clubs have dominated the competition in the past few years, with Serie A champions Juventus the only side from another nation to get to the final since Chelsea’s shock win in 2012.