Manchester United’s transfer business over the last ten years has been spotty to say the least. And data from the CIES Football Observatory shows that they paid €238 million more for 33 players over the course of the last ten years.
The Red Devils have had to deal with several players that couldn’t live up to the hype. The likes of Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Maguire all come to mind when considering the category.
Manchester United’s overspending showcased by stats
The biggest signing of the summer for the Premier League side was Antony. The Brazilian joined for €95 million plus €5 million in add-ons, which is €33 million over his €67 million price tag. For Casemiro, who joined in a deal close to €80 million, the excess amounted to €26 million.
And in the case of Lisandro Martinez, the additional amount was €29 million. The Argentinian has performed well during his last few games, and is showing great potential despite a lot of criticism about his stature.
Interestingly, the best business that Manchester United did over the time period of data accumulation was that of Paul Pogba. The France international joined from Juventus for €110 million, when his market value was around €136 million. However, his time at Old Trafford didn’t exactly go smoothly and he is now back at Juventus, joining them for free.