The present of the Manchester and Paris clubs would not be the same without the investment that comes from the Middle East and here we show you a little of their great investment in recent years
The Park of the Princes will be the scene of one of the most attractive duels of the current edition of the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City will play the first of two games for a ticket to the final of the European competition, in a confrontation that will bring together some of the main players in Europe and also two teams that stand out for the high figures they manage and that they place them in a select list of the continent.
In the current scenario of football in the Old Continent, the two clubs are protagonists when it comes to investing in signings. Adding up what City and PSG have paid out since 2008, Between the two they have spent 3.3 billion euros on transfers with money from Middle Eastern investors.
In the case of City, led since 2008 by the current City Football Group, have invested 2 billion euros in hiring. On the other hand, in terms of sales, only 600 million euros entered the club’s coffers.
For its part, PSG, which is chaired by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, he was not far behind and managed to earn more money with sales: they have spent 1,300 million euros in transfers, while they have entered 690 million euros.
And although the high money figures is a common factor between the two clubs, the strategies of each of them are different. While the PSG spent a lot of money on stars like Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, which together cost 402 million euros in 2017, the City It has the policy of investing a lot too, but in a greater number of players.
For example, in 2017, in the same period in which the PSG signed Mbappé and Neymar, City spent 300 million euros on six players, including goalkeeper Ederson, defender Laporte and winger Walker.
But still, the 5 most expensive signings of the English club are Kevin De Bruyne (76m), Rúben Dias (68m), Mahrez (67.8m), João Cancelo (65m) and Laporte (65m).
The Paris Saint Germain, on the other hand, has Neymar as the most expensive signing in history (222 million euros), followed by Mbappé (145 mde), Cavani (64,5 mde), Angel Di Maria (63 mde) y Mauro Icardi (50 mde).
In the current season, the two clubs are also on a select list of European football. According to the site Transfermarkt.com, City y PSG are among the four most valuable clubs in the current edition of the Champions League. While the British top the list, with a workforce estimated at 1,030 million euros, the French are in fourth position with a squad valued at 828 million euros.
As for the most valuable players, the PSG is a leader thanks to Mbappé Y Neymar in first and second of the list, respectively, while the City has to Sterling (6th) and De Bruyne (9th) in the top 10 of the most expensive footballers in the world.