Arsenal and Man Utd ahead of rivals in player development as squad worth outweighs cost
Arsenal and Manchester United are streets ahead of big-four rivals Manchester City and Chelsea when it comes to player development and polishing rough diamonds.
According to a new study by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory, seen exclusively by Sunday Mirror Sport, the value of the squads assembled at the Emirates and Old Trafford far outstrips the prices that both clubs paid for them.
The opposite is true at Chelsea and Manchester City. The Annual Football Observatory report suggests that Arsenal’s squad is currently worth £119m more than Arsene Wenger paid for it.
The squad David Moyes’ inherits at Manchester United, meanwhile, is worth £78m more than the transfer fees paid by his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.
Across the city at The Etihad, the Football Observatory have calculated that, in the current market, there’s a £51m shortfall between the transfer fees paid and those likely to be recouped by Manchester City’s billionaire owners.