Manchester City named the most expensive starting lineup in football history against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, costing an eye-watering £550m to assemble.
That’s without even considering their bench – which was worth almost £350m.
The Citizens have continued splashing the cash this summer, paying a British record £100m transfer fee for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, while they remain linked with Spurs star Harry Kane – who if he signs would be the most expensive of the lot by a distance.
Even without the England captain, who would set them back around £150m, City still managed to name the most expensive team in the history of the sport when they took to the field in north London on Sunday.
Grealish (£100m) is of course the dearest of the 11, but there were several players who cost in the region of £50-60m, including Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Benjamin Mendy, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.
Man City also paid around £35m for Ederson back in 2017, which was a record at that time for a goalkeeper. Nathan Ake, a surprise starter, cost around £40m from relegated Bournemouth back in 2020.
The £550m total averaged out at a whopping £50m per player, and the bench was equally as costly.
John Stones, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte and Kevin de Bruyne were all signed in excess of £50m, while Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva were almost equally as expensive. In total, the substitutes culminated in an incredible £347m outlay.
Talk about squad depth.
That gave Pep Guardiola’s squad to face Spurs an overall value of around £900m, an incredible total. The potential purchase of Kane could push that value to the £1bn mark in the future, as Man City’s spending continues to break records.