Cost of Starting Eleven – Top 4

No analysis; just numbers. Make your own judgement. 

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Ever wondered how much it costs for the starting XI of the top 4? Their subs bench and their reserves? How much your team needs to spend to win a league title? How far away Arsenal really are? How much have Chelsea spent?

I have taken the figures from transferleague.co.uk of what I think is the best XI of each team; 7 subs and 4 reserves.

I haven’t included some players like Essien, Bebe, Gervinho as they really are either not part of the club or on the way out. I have however included players like Rooney and Lescott. I will make the final changes when the transfer window is shut.

Man U Man City Chelsea Arsenal
De Gea £19 Hart £2 Cech £7 Szczesny £0
Rafael £3 Zabaleta £7 Ivanovic £9 Sagna £6
Ferdinand £28 Nastasic £12 Terry £0 Mertesacker £10
Vidic £7 Kompany £7 Luiz £26 Koscielny £10
Evra £6 Clichy £7 Cole £20 Gibbs £0
Carrick £19 Toure £24 Ramiers £18 Arteta £10
Cleverly £0 Fernandhio £30 Lampard £11 Wilshere £0
Young £17 Navas £23 Hazard £32 Santi £20
Valencia £16 Jovetic £26 Oscar £25 Walcott £9
Rooney £27 Silva £25 Mata £23 Giroud £13
RVP £22 Aguero £38 Torres £50 Podolski £11
£162 £199 £221 £89
Subs  Subs  Subs  Subs
Lindegaard £4 Pantilimon £3 Schwarzer £0 Fabianski £2
Smalling £10 Kolarov £17 Cesar £7 Monreal £8
Jones £17 Lescott £22 Obi Mikel £16 Vermaelen £10
Anderson £20 Milner £26 Schurrle £18 Ramsey £5
Kagawa £12 Nasri £22 Moses £9 Rosicky £7
Welbeck £0 Negredo £21 Lukaku £20 Ox £12
Hernandez £7 Dzeko £27 Ba £8 Gnabry £0
£69 £138 £78 £44
Reserves  Reserves  Reserves  Reserves
Nani £17 Rodwell £17 Ginkel £8 Jenkinson £0
Evans £0 Garcia £16 De Bruyne £7 Diaby £2
Zaha £15 Barry £12 Cahil £7 Miquel £0
Giggs £0 Savic £6 Bertrand £0 Sanogo £0
£32 £51 £22 £2
United £263 City £388 Chelsea £321 Arsenal £135

Cheapest XI in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation

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Man U: Lindegaard, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Cleverly, Kagawa, Giggs, Zaha Welbeck and Hernandez.
Cost:  £ 54 million.
(4 youth team players in Evans, Giggs, Welbeck and Cleverly) – I have not taken Buttner as he was not included in the above list.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Richards, Clichy, Barry, Rodwell, Garcia, Kolarov, Nasri, Navas, Negredo. 
Cost: £ 134 million. 
(players not on the list but could have been included: Razzak or Sinclair)

Chelsea: Shwarzer, Cesar, Terry, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Moses, Lampard, Ginkel, Ramires, De Bruyne, Ba.
Cost: £ 85 million 

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Miquel, Gibbs, Wilshere, Diaby, Ramsey, Gnarby, Sanogo, Rosicky.
Cost: £ 20 million
(Sagna has played at CB previously)

Most Expensive XI

Chelsea v Manchester City - FA Cup Semi Final

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Man U: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Jones, Valencia (RB), Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Young, Rooney, RvP
Cost: £ 208 million

Man City: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Nastasic, Zabaletta, Fernandhio, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic, Milner
Cost: £ 232 million

Chelsea: Cech, Cole, Ivanovic, Cahil, Luiz, Oscar, Hazard, Mata, Schrulle, Toress Lukaku
Cost: £ 230 million

Arsenal: Fabianski, Vermaelen (LB), Mertascker, Kos, Sagna, Arteta, Santi, Ox, Podolski, Giroud, Walcott
Cost: £ 113 million

Goalkeepers and Back 4 (Strongest)

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Man U: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael – Cost £ 63 million
City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy – Cost £ 35 million
Chelsea: Cech, Cole, Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz – Cost £ 62 million
Arsenal: Szczesny, Gibbs, Sagna, Kos, Mertasacker – Cost £ 26 million

Midfield – 5 players (Strongest)

Chelsea v Manchester City - FA Cup Semi Final

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Man U: Carrick, Cleverly, Rooney, Young, Valencia – Cost £ 79 million
City: Toure, Fernandhio, Silva, Jovetic, Navas – Cost £ 128 million
Chelsea: Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Hazard – Cost £ 109 million
Arsenal: Arteta, Wilshere, Santi, Walcott, Podolski – Cost £ 50 million

Striker – 1 player

Chelsea v Manchester City - FA Cup Semi Final

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Man U – RvP – Cost £ 22 million
City – Aguero – Cost £ 38 million
Chelsea – Toress/Lukaku/Ba – Average – Cost £ 26 million
Arsenal – Giroud – £ 13 million 

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2 Comments on “Cost of Starting Eleven – Top 4”

  1. Asfand August 12, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Fascinating stuff. Arsenal’s squad looks even cheaper because pleayers like Szcezsny & Wilshere have zero values. How come you didn’t pick up values from transfermarkt.com ?

    • Omer August 12, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      There wasn’t much difference. In the end even if the figures are different by 10% it doesn’t change the overall picture.

      Biggest issue is that clubs dont have to declare how much they actually paid these days. A good point is Anderson at Man U. The cost on various website is around £ 20 million or €25 million yet I remember reading on Porto’s website as €32 million.

      They only released the ammount since the supporters were really angry about the sale. Also Swiss Ramble has it at € 32 million as well (http://swissramble.blogspot.com/2010/12/portos-buy-low-sell-high-strategy.html)

      And then if you get into currency conversation; its another headache to solve….

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