Manchester United news: Red Devils have splashed more cash than anyone this decade says latest study

Manchester United have racked up the biggest overspend on transfer fees in the last decade among clubs in Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues, according to a new study.

The Red Devils' outlay on 33 transfers between July 2012 and November 2021 was £209million greater than the estimated total value of those players prior to their transfer under a statistical model developed by the CIES Football Observatory. 

Erik ten Hag's men had a particular busy window over the recent summer which saw the club spend in excess of £216million.

Antony arrived at Old Trafford with the most expensive price tag after the Red Devils splashed £85million on the Ajax forward.

Juventus and Paris St Germain were found to be the two clubs with the next highest overspends, at £205million and £142million respectively.

Aston Villa registered the second-highest overspend among English clubs at £130million, followed by Chelsea on £118million.

Only three Premier League sides were among the 36 clubs that invested less money than expected to conclude the deals assessed, highlighting the role of English top-flight clubs in driving up transfer inflation.

Wolves were found to have underpaid by seven million euro, Tottenham by six million and Brighton by one million.

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