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Manchester United would have to sell more than 75,000 pies during games every week at Old Trafford to cover the cost of striker Radamel Falcao's £260,000-per-week wages.

That's just one finding from BBC Sport's wide ranging Price of Football study which examines the cost of attending football matches for fans across the country.

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Falcao joined Manchester United on transfer deadline day in September on loan, with a view of making the switch from Monaco permanent at the end of the current campaign. The Red Devils are believed to have forked out around £6 million to secure the Colombian's services for the season - plus more than £9 million for his wages for the season.

Salary

In order to cover the cost of the former Atletico Madrid star's salary, Manchester United would have to sell a pie which cost £3.50 to almost every fan in Old Trafford every week.

BBC Sport polled 176 clubs in England across 11 devisions as well as 10 in Europe for the fourth edition of the study, which found that the cost of attending football has risen at twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.

"Two months after fans marched on the Premier League's HQ in protest at rising ticket prices, these findings will only serve to reinforce the sense of an impending divorce - between those at the top of the sport and the game's traditional audience" - Dan Roan, BBC Sport Editor

It will make difficult reading for Arsenal fans - the Gunners have once more come out on top in the study as the club with the single most expensive ticket in the Premier League which costs an eye-watering £97. That's down from last year where the most expensive ticket at the Emirates Stadium was £126, but still enough to put them well clear at the top of the table.

Tickets

The bad news for Arsenal fans continue as they also sell the most expensive season ticket in the Premier League which costs £2,013 - although that does include seven cup matches. Arsenal's cheapest season ticket (£1,014) costs more than 17 other Premier League club's most expensive option.

The Gunners are currently fourth in the Premier League table, well behind early pace-setters Chelsea, whose most expensive single ticket is £10 less than Arsenal at £87. The Blues' most expensive season ticket is a much more respectable £1,250 - more than £750 less than Arsenal.

The Gunners' fierce rivals Tottenham offer up one of the most pricey season tickets in the league too - the most they charge is £1,895 while their cheapest offering is £765. Spurs' most expensive single ticket is £81 - the third highest in the Premier League behind Arsenal (£97) and Chelsea (£87).

Wealthy

Manchester United are one of the wealthiest club's in the world - and their most expensive season ticket costs just £950. To see every game at Old Trafford for the least amount possible will set you back just £532. It's not all good news however - a replica shirt will set you back £55 which makes it the most expensive in the league.

However it is Manchester United's great rivals Manchester City who take the prize for the cheapest season ticket in the Premier League. The reigning champions charge just £299 for their cheapest season ticket, while their most expensive is £860.

Premier League clubs spent more than £830 million on transfers over the summer, with fans seemingly footing the bill. BBC Sport editor Dan Roan believes the findings of the survey highlight a growing gap between the average fan and the money involved in the beautiful game.

Changes

"Two months after fans marched on the Premier League's HQ in protest at rising ticket prices, these findings will only serve to reinforce the sense of an impending divorce - between those at the top of the sport and the game's traditional audience," he said.

"The fortunes clubs have made through unprecedented TV deals have not been passed down and used to alleviate the pressure on fans' pockets, and it is easy to see why many now feel English football is becoming more of a middle-class pursuit, exploiting the loyalties of its customers in order to pay players and their agents more and more. The Premier League argues that prices are based on demand, and they make a good point, with attendance rates again at more than 95%."

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