May 13, 2021

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Man United’s drop could have huge impact on Haaland and Sancho transfers

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Manchester United have been dealt a blow to their financial status as the club prepare to get down to business during the summer transfer window.

As attentions turn to the upcoming recruitment drive, a whole host of high-profile names have been linked with a move to Old Trafford – notably Borussia Dortmund’s star duo Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.

Manchester Evening News understands Norway striker Haaland has already been settled on as a priority target.

However, after compiling a simply staggering tally of 49 goals in 51 games for the Bundesliga club – since his move to Germany from RB Salzburg in January 2020 – he won’t come cheaply.

Sancho has, meanwhile, previously been the subject of three failed attempts to lure him back to Manchester.

Even so, the England winger – capped 18 times by his country, with over 100 appearances for Dortmund now under his belt – does remain a potential target for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and key figures responsible for transfer deals at the Premier League club.

But why, exactly, have United been dealt a blow to their financial status?

According to Forbes, who are responsible for determining the rich list among football’s elite clubs, the Old Trafford outfit have been pushed out of the top three this year.

Indeed, their current value stands at around $4.2billion (£3.05billion) – placing them fourth in the standings.

Barcelona have leapfrogged El Clasico rivals Real Madrid into first-place with a valuation of $4.76billion (£3.5billion), while Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich make up the top three.

United are joined in the top 10 by five fellow Premier League clubs – namely Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, who sit just behind big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite concerns over financial complications brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the latest Forbes report indicates that the average worth of top-20 clubs has actually increased by 30 per cent in the last 24 months.

However, as expected with supporters not yet allowed back into stadiums, matchday revenue was down by 9.6 per cent in that period – from the 2017/18 season – to around £320m.


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Elite clubs in particular, though, remain hugely marketable with TV revenue and global shirt sales allowing them to sustain their worth all-year around – no matter the social circumstances.

Despite being overhauled in the financial podium, United enjoyed the biggest operating income of the top 20.

Owing to the above, they were able to generate £468m across the 2019/20 season – but that was seemingly offset by a number of factors, including a relative lack of activity during the summer and January transfer windows.

Interestingly in this case, United’s worth continues to be overshadowed by Spanish giants Barcelona and Real, who also have Haaland on their radar having held proposed transfer talks with the player’s representatives – super agent Mino Raiola and father Alf Inge Haaland.

According to the latest Forbes list, United do not form part of the top three for the first time since 2007.

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The world’s most valuable football clubs: Top 10

1: Barcelona ($4.76billion)

2: Real Madrid ($4.75billion)

3: Bayern Munich ($4.22billion)

4: Manchester United ($4.2billion)

5: Liverpool ($4.1billion)

6: Manchester City ($4billion)

7: Chelsea ($3.2billion)

8: Arsenal (£2.8billion)

9: Paris Saint-Germain ($2.5billion)

10: Tottenham Hotspur ($2.3billion)

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