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Manchester United's squad ranked as the most expensive in history

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It’s been three years since Manchester United topped the Premier League table, but they will always be near the top of the rankings when it comes to money.

The Red Devils were listed as the second most valuable football team in the world by Forbes earlier in the year with a value of €3.32 billion.

And, of course, they own the record for highest fee paid on a single player.

The £89 million spent on Paul Pogba in August surpassed the fee Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013.

So not only is United a cash cow, but a club that doesn’t mind spending money, either.

Pogba was one of four players signed by Jose Mourinho as he assembled a squad capable of winning the Premier League title.

The four arrivals, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, cost a total of £157.25m, according to transfermarkt. Although it wasn’t the most expensive outlay by an English team in the summer - Pep Guardiola marked his arrival at Manchester City by spending £181m, it was still a record-breaking number.

Most expensive squad assembled

According to research from the CIES Football Observatory, the current United squad is the most expensive in history.

The current squad, formed by Sir Alex Ferguson, added to by David Moyes and Louis van Gaal and formalised by Mourinho, was assembled for a remarkable £626m.

That’s an increase of £161m of last season’s team and well ahead of the cost of Real Madrid’s current squad, which comes in at £553m.

Premier League dominance

CIES compared the costs of each of the teams in Europe’s top five leagues. Unsurprisingly, the Premier League is strongly represented, with nine top-flight teams making the top 20 and all 20 teams cracking the top 50.

In a show of the Premier League’s influence in the transfer market, Everton came out ahead of Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

Check out the complete list by clicking here, and the top 10 below.

1. Manchester United | £626m

2. Real Madrid | £553m

3. Manchester City | £533m

4. Barcelona | £423m

5. Chelsea | £419m

6. Paris Saint-Germain | £397m

7. Juventus | £345m

8. Arsenal | £332m

9. Bayern Munich | £312m

10. Liverpool | £310m

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