Manchester United’s £77m overspending on Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro has been revealed

Manchester United paid £77m more for Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro this summer than they were actually worth, according to a new study.

The Red Devils were found to have had the highest overspending of any club in Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues when reported transfer fees were compared to a player’s estimated pre-transfer value.

The study released on Monday by the Switzerland-based CIES Football Observatory showed United had paid a combined €238m (£209m) more than the estimated combined value of 33 players they had signed since July 2012.

A further breakdown of data obtained by the PA news agency on Tuesday showed that the biggest contributor to United’s overspending was the signing of Antony from Ajax.

He was valued at €67m but United reportedly paid €100m – a €33m difference.

United were found to have overspent €29m to sign Martinez and €26m to sign Casemiro. Across the three deals, that comes to €88m, or just over £77m.

Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria signing in 2014 was seen as €27m overspent, while United overpaid €25m and €21m respectively to bring in Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester’s Harry Maguire in the summer window 2019.

The signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016 proved to be United’s best deal in terms of estimated value versus transfer fee paid.

United reportedly paid €110m for the France midfielder but his estimated value before the deal was €138m, according to the CIES Football Observatory.

The signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund cost United €15m less than his estimated value. Manchester United’s £77m overspending on Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro has been revealed

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