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How Juventus have put Man Utd to shame over past decade in spending money on transfers

15:00 GMT 06/11/2018
Ed Woodward, Cristiano Ronaldo
Despite making €250 million a year less than the Red Devils, the Bianconeri have consistently outperformed their English rivals in the transfer market

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United

    2009-10 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £49m (€55m)  Received: £13m (€14.5m)

    Notable Signings: Diego (£25m from Wolfsburg), Felipe Melo (£23m from Fiorentina)

    Notable Sales: Domenico Criscito (£4m to Genoa Co-ownership)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent: £23m (€26m),  Received: £83.5m

    Notable Signings: Antonio Valencia (£16m from Wigan)

    Notable Sales: Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m to Real Madrid)

  • Leonardo Bonucci Juventus 2018-19

    2010-11 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £52.65m (€59.35m), Received: £52m (€41.7m)

    Notable Signings: Leonardo Bonucci (£13.5m from Bari), Milos Krasic (£15m from CSKA Moscow), Andrea Barzagli (£300k from Wolfsburg)

    Notable Sales: Diego (£21m to Wolfsburg)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent: £29m (€33m), Received: £11m (€12.5m)

    Notable Signings: Javier Hernandez (£7m from Chivas), Chris Smalling (£10m from Fulham)

    Notable Sales: Zoran Tosic (£7.5m to CSKA Moscow)

  • Andrea Pirlo Juventus

    2011-12 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £78m (€89m), Received: £15m (€17m)

    Notable Signings: Andrea Pirlo (Free from AC Milan), Alessandro Matri (£15m from Cagliari), Arturo Vidal (£10.5m from Leverkusen), Mirko Vucinic (£13m from Roma)

    Notable Sales: Ciro Immobile (£3m to Genoa, Co-ownership)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent £56m (€63m), Received: £11m (€12.5m)

    Notable Signings: Phil Jones (£16.5m from Blackburn), Ashley Young (£20m from Aston Villa), David De Gea (£19m from Atletico Madrid)

    Notable Sales: John O'Shea and Wes Brown (Both to Sunderland, £6m)

  • Robin van Persie Manchester United

    2012-13 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £49m (€55m), Received: £17.7m (€20m)

    Notable Signings: Kwadwo Asamoah (£9m from Udinese), Paul Pogba (Free from Manchester United)

    Notable Sales: Eljero Elia (£7.5m to Werder Bremen), Milos Krasic (£7m to Fenerbahce)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent £75m (€83.4m), Received: £9m (€10.15)

    Notable Signings: Robin Van Persie (£24m from Arsenal), Shinji Kagawa (£17m from Dortmund), Wilfried Zaha (£15m from Crystal Palace)

    Notable Sales: Dimitar Berbatov (£4.5m to Fulham)

  • Tevez

    2013-14 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £41.8m (€42.6m), Recieved: £48.7m (£43.2m)

    Notable Signings: Carlos Tevez (£12m from Man City), Angelo Ogbonna (£11.5m from Torino)

    Notable Sales: Manolo Gabbiadini (£10m to Sampdoria), Alessandro Matri (£10m to AC Milan)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent £64.5m (€72m), Received: £0

    Notable Signings: Juan Mata (£37m from Chelsea), Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m from Everton)

    Notable Sales: N/A

  • Manchester United’s most expensive transfers of all time | Angel Di Maria

    2014-15 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £45.2m (€42m) Received: £30m (€34m)

    Notable Signings: Alvaro Morata (£16m from Real Madrid)

    Notable Sales: Ciro Immobile (£7m to Torino)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent: £161m (€181m) Received: £43m (€48m)

    Notable Signings: Angel Di Maria (£59.7m from Real Madrid), Luke Shaw (£27m from Southampton), Ander Herrera (£28m from Athletic Club), Falcao (Loan from Monaco)

    Notable Sales: Danny Welbeck (£16m to Arsenal)

  • Paulo Dybala, Juventus

    2015-16 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £118m (€133m), Received: £72m (€81m)

    Notable Signings: Paulo Dybala (£23m from Palermo), Alex Sandro (£23.5m from Porto), Mario Mandzukic (£13.6m from Atletico Madrid), Sami Khedira (Free from Real Madrid)

    Notable Sales: Arturo Vidal (£34m to Bayern Munich)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent: £140m (€158m), Received: £73m (€82.3m)

    Notable Signings: Anthony Martial (£54m from Monaco), Morgan Schneiderlin (£32m from Southampton), Memphis Depay (£30m from PSV), Bastian Schweinsteiger (£8m from Bayern Munich)

    Notable Sales: Angel Di Maria (£44m to PSG), Javier Hernandez (£7m to Bayer Leverkusen)

  • Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19

    2016-17 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £173m (€195m), Received: £156m (€175m)

    Notable Signings: Gonzalo Higuain (£80m from Napoli), Dani Alves (Free from Barcelona), Miralem Pjanic (£25m from Roma)

    Notable Sales: Paul Pogba (£89m to Manchester United), Alvaro Morata (£27m to Real Madrid)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent: £145m (€166m), Received: £42.5m (€48m)

    Notable Signings: Paul Pogba (£89m from Juventus), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£25m from Dortmund), Eric Bailly (£30m from Villarreal)

    Notable Sales: Morgan Schneiderlin (£20m to Everton), Memphis Depay (£15m to Lyon)

  • Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19

    2017-18 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £136m (€153.5m), Received: £130m (€157m)

    Notable Signings: Federico Bernadeschi (£35m from Fiorentina), Juan Cuardrado (£17m from Chelsea), Mehdi Benatia (£15m from Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (£18m from PSG)

    Notable Sales: Leonardo Bonucci (£38m to AC Milan), Kingsley Coman (£19m to Bayern Munich)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent: £149m (€167m), Received: £10m (€11.25m)

    Notable Signings: Romelu Lukaku (£75m from Everton), Nemanja Matic (£40m from Chelsea), Victor Lindelof (£31m from Benfica), Alexis Sanchez (Swap deal from Arsenal)

    Notable Sales: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Swap deal to Arsenal)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Serie A 10272018

    2018-19 | Juventus vs Man Utd

    JUVENTUS

    Spent: £219m (€260m), Received: £90m (€101m)

    Notable Signings: Cristiano Ronaldo (£93m from Real Madrid), Joao Cancelo (£36m from Valencia), Douglas Costa (£36m from Bayern Munich), Leonardo Bonucci (£32m from AC Milan), Emre Can (Free from Liverpool)

    Notable Sales: Mattia Caldara (£32m to AC Milan), Rolando Mandragora (£18m to Udinese), Gonzalo Higuain (Loan to AC Milan)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Spent: £72m (€81.5m), Received: £21m (€23.7m)

    Notable Signings: Fred (£52m from Shakhtar), Diogo Dalot (£19m from Porto)

    Notable Sales: Daley Blind (£14.5m to Ajax)

  • Jose Mourinho Manchester United Newcastle Premier League 2018-19

    Overview

    Overall, Juventus have spent £961m (€1.08bn) in the past decade compared to Manchester United's £914m (€1.03B).

    But the way Juventus have conducted their transfer activity has been far superior to Manchester United.

    Juventus famously assembled arguably the best midfield trio in Europe with Pogba, Pirlo and Vidal for just £10m and there have been very few examples of expensive flops over the last six to seven years, at least.

    The Bianconeri's work in the free transfer market has to be commended. Pirlo, Khedira, Alves and Pogba are or were top-class players brought in for absolutely nothing.

    And when the Italians have splashed the cash, they have made sure it was worth it as well. Higuain scored 40 goals across two seasons before Juventus loaned him to AC Milan for €18m, with a view to selling him permanently for a further €36m. 

    The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo was out of character for Juve, as paying over £100m for a 33-year-old doesn't reflect their previous transfer policy. However, Ronaldo is regarded by many as the best player in the world and if he can deliver the Champions League to the Italian giants, it will be considered a shrewd move.

    Manchester United's marquee signings have not always fared so well. Star names such as Di Maria, Falcao and Alexis Sanchez have all flopped at Old Trafford, while many of their other big-money signings have failed to live up to their price tags, with Pogba being the best example.

    Promising younger signings who came at a heavy cost have often struggled to develop, with Martial and Shaw two young men who have laboured for long periods at the club.

    In terms of sales, Juventus rarely make losses on a player. The easiest comparison to make between the two clubs would be Pogba. United let him go to Juve for free before buying him back for a world-record fee, earning the Italians a near-£90m profit. 

    Overall, the Italians have recouped £624.4m (€703.75m) over the past decade whereas United have received just £304m (€342m) during that time.

    Juve's net spend has thus been just £337m compared to Man Utd's £610m.

    Overall, the fruit of Juventus' labour has been clear. They have won seven successive Serie A titles and reached two Champions League finals in four years - all while having a substantially lower wage bill than Man Utd.

    The Red Devils, on the other hand have not won the Premier League title since 2013 and have not progressed past the quarter-finals of the Champions League during that time.

    On the pitch, the two teams are light-years apart right now and this can be put down, at least partially, to Juve's superior business in the transfer market.