REVEALED: The £2BILLION cost of Pep Guardiola’s quadruple bid! New study shows Manchester City have assembled the most expensive squad of footballers EVER in world football… with their current group of stars costing £900m in transfer fees alone
- City had record wage bill for an English club in pandemic-hit 2019-20 season
- The 351.4m wage bill could be smashed this season because of player bonuses
- City in contention for Premier League, EFL Cup, FA Cup and Champions League
- The club have spent over £2.1 billion on players and staff during Guardiola’s reign
Manchester City had the biggest single-season wage bill in English football history in the pandemic-hit 2019-20 season, of £351.4m, and will likely smash that in 2020-21, not least because of bonuses for a probable Premier League title win, and possible Champions League victory.
Pep Guardiola’s team also remain in contention for both domestic cups, facing Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend before playing Tottenham in the EFL Cup final on April 25, although bonuses for winning those competitions would be modest.
In the season before Guardiola arrived at The Etihad, City’s wage bill was £197.6m, but leapt 23.4 per cent in his first season and has climbed significantly ever since. By the end of this season wages will be approaching twice the levels of when he arrived, and total £1.545 billion over five years.
Manchester City had record wage bill for an English club in pandemic-hit 2019-20 season
Manchester City have spent over £2.1 billion on players and staff during Pep Guardiola’s reign
When net transfer spending of £579m in the same period is added, City have spent more than £2.1 billion so far on buying players and paying staff during the Spaniard’s reign.
The spending has been rewarded with two Premier League titles in the past four years, plus three League Cup wins, an FA Cup win, plus a possible quadruple this season.
City also have the most expensively assembled squad of footballers in the world, ever, costing €1.036 billion (£900m) in transfer fees according to the latest data from the respected CIES Football Observatory in Switzerland.
Kevin De Bruyne has just signed a new four-year contract worth around £385,000 per week
Manchester City’s wage bill has climbed significantly every year since arrival of Guardiola
Many clubs in England have seen their wage bills fall in the pandemic as players took cuts or deferrals due to the pandemic hiatus. Manchester United’s wage bill fell from £332m in 2018-19 to £284m in 2019-20 for example.
The hierarchy at City decided to pay their stars their normal wages in full throughout last season, for a year-on-year rise of more than 11 per cent to the £351.4m record even as club revenues fell 11 per cent due to Covid disruptions.
City continue to invest in their talent with Kevin De Bruyne signing a new four-year contract worth around £385,000 per week, the highest sum ever paid to a player in England.
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