Man Utd saved £60m on astute transfers – while Arsenal overpaid by £50m, study shows

Manchester United had the best transfer window of any Premier League side when it comes to paying less for players than their market value suggests they are worth – according to a new study.

The Red Devils brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo during a busy summer spree, but ending up paying far less than the overall market valuation.

Arsenal were at the other end of this particular table, spending far more than they might’ve done for the likes of Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu among others.

As detailed by, eight Premier League sides had good windows in which they underpaid, but the other 12 may have spent over the top in making additions to their squads.

Manchester United brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo
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With United underpaying by £49.7million according to the transfer value of players on transfermarkt, they were joined in the top five by Brighton (£7.5m), Watford (£7.2m), Wolves (£6.55m) and Leicester (£6.2m).

Also in the green are Everton (£5.6m), Southampton (£1.2m) and Norwich (£500k).

Sides that only narrowly overpaid for talent were Burnley (£2.2m), Liverpool (£4.5m), Crystal Palace (£6.9m), West Ham (£7.5m) Chelsea (£9.6m) and Tottenham (£9.6m).

Those that overpaid by more than £10m according to the stats are Aston Villa (£10.2m), Brentford (£10.4m), Newcastle (£10.6m), Leeds (£19.4m), Manchester City (£41.5m) and the aforementioned Arsenal (£49.7m).

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Director of Football Edu with new signing Ben White at London Colney on July 30, 2021 in St Albans, England.
Arsenal’s summer transfers are yet to have a telling impact
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In terms of personnel, Jack Grealish topped the list of players who cost far more than their transfer value, with City paying over the odds by £41.5m.

Next up are Ben White (£28.8m over) and Aaron Ramsdale (£19.2m over), who joined the Gunners from Brighton and Sheffield United respectively.

Making up the top five are Daniel James (£13.8m) and Cristian Romero (£11m), with Kristoffer Ajer, Romelu Lukaku, Emiliano Buendia, Nikola Classic, Pape Sarr, Junior Firpo and Ibrahima Konate in the top 12.


Jack Grealish of Manchester City reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Manchester, England.
Jack Grealish is already playing a vital role at Manchester City
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Man Utd had the best window of any Premier League side according to the study
Man Utd had the best window of any Premier League side according to the study


Arsenal technical director Edu defended their transfer window by telling Sky Sports this week: “Yes, I understand the reason (fans are underwhelmed) because firstly, they have not seen the team playing together yet.

“That’s one of the reasons but I think we have to see the wider context than just to see the money around it.

“We signed six players who are under 23, which means a lot in terms of our planning.

“Normally, people like to see just one window, so I have to say it is the bigger picture because we started planning this squad a year ago in terms of consolidating the team and to try to get a better foundation.”

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