PSG - Manchester City: how much money have both clubs spent in recent years?
Two of Europe's mega-rich clubs face off for a place in the 2021 Champions League Final and we look at the recent transfer business that has aided their ambitions.
Recognised globally as two giants of the modern day football business model, some traditionalists - not to mention rival chairmen and fans - have questioned the fairness of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City’s huge state owners. Nassel Al-Khalaifi and Sheikh Mansour have ploughed billions into their chosen clubs, both on and off the pitch, and have seen the rewards, to varying degrees, come from it.
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Here’s a summary of what players have come into the clubs over the last few years…
PSG signings 2015-2021 (Total spend: $958.76 million)
2015/16 (Total spend: $127.71m)
As the Ligue 1 club continued their moves up the stairs of Europe’s elite, Ángel di María, who had disappointed at Manchester United was bought for $69.30m. There was also room to grab Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa for $27.50m.
2016/17 (Total spend: $147.95m)
No huge transfers were made in this season but there was still a decent overall outlay as the likes of Julian Draxler ($39.60m), Gonçalo Guedes ($33.00m), Grzegorz Krychowiak ($30.25m) and Real Madrid’s Jesé ($27.50m) joined the project.
2017/18 (Total spend: $261.80m)
Whatever the opposite of a quiet transfer window is, this was it for the Parisian side, and was the moment they announced their real ambitions to the world. Neymar’s aggressive buyout from Barcelona broke the transfer record at the easy to remember value of €222m ($244.20m). Joining him was the young French star, on loan initially, who many believe is, or soon will be, classed as the greatest attacking player on the planet.
2018/19 (Total spend: $249.70m)
Kylian Mbappé’s fee was paid to AS Monaco making them $159.50m to the good and two other not inconsiderate values were made to bring in Leandro Paredes from Zenit St. Petersburg ($44.00m) and Thilo Kehrer from Schalke 04 ($40.70m).
2019/20 (Total spend: $104.50m)
More strength was added to the team this season as their domestic dominance was seen as a given and European success was the only prize on their minds. Abdou Diallo joined from Borussia Dortmund ($35.20m), Idrissa Gueye from Everton ($33.00m) and Pablo Sarabia from Sevilla ($19.80m). Another move from LaLiga saw Keylor Navas depart Real Madrid for $16.50m, carrying the weight of his several Champions League triumphs to a new European capital. Mauro Icardi also come in on loan.
2020/21 (Total spend: $67.10m)
Mauro Icardi’s move from Inter Milan was made permanent for $55.00m in a quiet business period for the bean counters.
Man City signings 2015-2021 (Total spend: $1.27 billion)
2015/16 (Total spend: $229.01m)
There is no doubt that one of the stand-out players in the Premier League in the past few seasons has been Kevin de Bruyne. As he was coming to the fore, English rivals Chelsea weren’t convinced enough by his talent so sold him to Wolfsburg, only for City to bring him back a year or so later, for $83.6 million. What a bargain that has turned out to be.
Also in this transfer period, the Manchester Blues acquired Raheem Sterling from Liverpool for $70m, Nicolas Otamendi ($49m) and Fabian Delph ($13m) along with some lesser names.
2016/17 (Total spend: $236.50m)
The headline signings in this year were also stars would go on to play a huge role in where the team are today. John Stones ($61.16m), Leroy Sané ($57.20m - since sold), Gabriel Jesus ($35.20m) and Ilkay Gündogan ($29.70m) all joined up with an already strong squad.
2017/18 (Total spend: $349.25m)
The strengthened defence was a primary objective for this transfer window and that saw Aymeric Laporte ($71.50m), Benjamin Mendy ($63.25m), Kyle Walker ($57.97m), Ederson ($44.00m), and Danilo ($33.00m - since sold) come in. Add to that the versatile and ultra-talented Bernardo Silva for a cool $55.00m and not only did the squad depth go up a notch, but so too did the first XI.
2018/19 (Total spend: $86.45m)
By City’s standards of late, this was a quite year for transfers - possibly down to the previous season’s investment - but there was still room in the squad, and cash in the bank, to add Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez for $74.58m. His skills continue to wow crowds and bamboozle professional defenders on a weekly basis.
2019/20 (Total spend: $175.47m)
With Pep Guardiola’s machine only needing the finest of fine tuning by this point, 2019/20 saw just two big money moves. João Cancelo came across from Juventus to sort out a defensive doubt ($71.50m) and Rodri was taken away from an unhappy Atlético Madrid for $68.97m. It was as though the City jigsaw puzzle was not only complete, but they were now just making sure they had numerous spare pieces in case they lost some.
2020/21 (Total spend: $195.58m)
Another transfer window, and another period of fine tuning. With question marks in the heart of the defence, Rúben Dias was signed from Benfica for $74.80m while AFC Bournemouth were handed $49.83m to free them of Dutchman Nathan Aké - the luxury of being able to buy back-up to the back-up it would seem. Valencia’s talented Ferran Torres was also brought in for $25.30m, among other business.
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