Will Manchester City’s $1B Player Market Value Bring UCL Title?

    • The Citizens have won three of the last four EPL titles, but have never won Champions League.
    • The club has paid eight of the top 50 highest transfer fees of all time.

Manchester City have dominated Manchester United in the Premier League this season and now lead the table by six points.

With Manchester firmly blue after Sunday’s 4-1 dismantling at the Etihad, the Citizens turn their attention toward their most elusive goal — the club’s first Champions League crown.

Despite their domestic dominance — winning three of the last four EPL titles and finishing at least top-three in 10 of the last 11 seasons — City haven’t translated extravagant spending into a European championship.

  • Their $159 million in 2021-22 spending is second only to Arsenal’s $184.2 million.
  • Jack Grealish’s $129.3 million transfer fee was the most expensive of 2021.
  • It’s the seventh-highest fee of all time, the highest ever for an English player, and highest ever paid by an English club.
  • City have paid eight of the top 50 most expensive transfer fees of all time — the most of any club on that list.

Man City even shelled out $24.5 million for Pep Guardiola, reportedly the world’s highest-paid manager.

Even if City have overspent, they’re arguably getting excellent value for their money — the club have an estimated $1.09 billion combined player market value — the current highest in the world, per Transfermarkt.

With a 5-0 aggregate lead heading into Wednesday’s Round of 16 second leg against Sporting, their quarterfinal place is essentially locked — and they’re the odds-on favorites to win it all (+225*).