The top 10 most expensive teams based on transfer fees
A look at the top 10 European teams who have spent fortunes assembling their squads
The investment in transfer market holds major importance in the strategies of any club, solely for the fact that it is the best and the fastest way to improve a squad. The summer and winter transfer markets are also a major source of income for many clubs
The CIES Football Observatory recently released a report that looks at squad recruitment costs — the total amount forked out by clubs to assemble their current teams — of 98 clubs from Europe's top 5 leagues.
The English Premier League teams have invested an average of €291 million in the transfer market, followed by La Liga (€131million). The remaining average figures are notched by Serie A (€124 million), Bundesliga (€113 million) and Ligue 1(€97 million).
Let's find out the ten clubs that have spent the most on their current squads.
#10 Everton (€365 million)
Everton is the most surprising addition to this list. They trumped German champions Bayern Munich by a minimal margin of €2 million and a host of other big clubs like Tottenham, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid to make it to the top 10.
Everton has spent a fortune of €365 million in assembling their strongest side in recent years. However, they were subject to criticism after a sloppy start to the season saw the team lying in the relegation zone.
Survival master Sam Allardyce's appointment as the head honcho has improved matters; they are currently 9th in the league and aiming for qualification to the UEFA Europa League.
Everton signed Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson(€49.40m) for a club record fee. The next in line is winger Yannick Bolasie(€28.90m). Centre-back Michael Keane and promising young keeper Jordan Pickford cost €28.50 million apiece.