By Kieran Maguire

6th Nov, 2022 | 3:28pm

Kieran Maguire verdict on Man City dodging 'disaster signing' amid £79m reveal

Man City do have a financial advantage over the likes of Liverpool – but their real superiority is their recruitment department.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about City’s knack of dodging the “disaster signings” that have plagued some of their rivals.

Data collected and published by CIES Football Observatory on Monday (31 October) shows that City’s average starting XI this season is worth £529m.

That is £78.8m more than second-place Paris Saint-Germain and far more than Premier League rivals Man United (£420m), Liverpool (£358m), Chelsea (£344m), Arsenal (£335m), and Tottenham (£201m).

But City have far more silverware to show than their peers in the English top flight, and their scouting and recruitment team are routinely hailed as among the best in football.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently claimed that his side were unable to financially compete with City and other state-backed clubs such as PSG and Newcastle United.

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But it is City’s superiority in the recruitment departments that really set them apart from their rivals, claims Maguire.

Man City certainly have a competitive budget in terms of both transfer spend and wages,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Having said that, it is no greater than Man United or Chelsea. What City have managed to do is spend it better and have fewer turkeys in their squads than those other clubs.

“It’s difficult to think of a signing in the last few years that has been a complete disaster at the Etihad. But fans of Chelsea United could probably reel off quite a few.

“As far as Klopp’s comments are concerned, Liverpool will struggle to compete financially with those three clubs unless FSG are willing to accept more of a loss-making model.

“I suspect that is not part of their long-term strategy. But for the three clubs whose budgets are higher than Liverpool’s, there are 16 or so who would love to have their budget.”

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