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Study reveals Man United overpaid by $41 million for Angel di Maria, bargains for Chelsea, Liverpool

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Now that the summer transfer window is closed, some clever clogs have been totting up all the numbers and some things just aren’t adding up.

According to a study performed by the CIES Football Observatory, they believe they can now “assess whether clubs have overpaid, underpaid or paid the correct market price for their new signings.”

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This could be very interesting, and, it is.

According to the folks at CIES the top clubs are currently paying, on average, 16 percent more for players than they should. Their statistcal model was developed in 2009 and incorporates over 1,500 transfer fees which have been paid in that time. Specifically from the 2014-15 summer transfer window, CIES state that Manchester United paid $41 million over the odds for Angel di Maria. That is staggering.

Other clubs who spent way more than they should have include Paris Saint-Germain, who paid $38 million too much for David Luiz after he signed from Chelsea for $82 million. Wowza. James Rodriguez was the other man who was bought way over the odds, as Real Madrid splashed out $107 million for his services. That’s $32 million more than he should have cost.

Those were the losers (big, big losers) when it came to inflated transfers prices this summer. But there has to be winners, right?

Liverpool can be feeling pretty chuffed, as Mario Balotelli arrived for $21 million less than he should  have. The Italian international arrived for $26 million from AC Milan and should have cost nearly $50 million. Good business from the Reds. Two other players who seem like bargains, and actually are, include Diego Costa’s move to Chelsea and Luis Suarez heading to Barcelona.

Okay, maybe not Suarez, who cost Barcelona over $128 million, but according to these stats he should have cost $143 million. So Barca saved themselves nearly $16 million. Result. As for Costa, Chelsea managed to snap the Spanish forward up for $56 million from Atletico Madrid but he is really worth $72 million. That’s a saving of $16 million.

Of course, all of these stats are just in relation to the normal fees paid. The human factor counts for a lot when it comes to these transfers, as does the willingness for clubs to haggle and try to keep their best players around. In the case of this summer, Manchester United got played, while Chelsea are the master negotiators.

Here’s the highlights from the findings: 

  • Angel di Maria should have cost $50 million, not $99 million
  • Mario Balotelli’s value is $47 million, he arrived at Liverpool for $26 million
  • David Luis was sold to PSG by Chelsea for $82 million, his correct value is $44 million
  • Diego Costa should have cost Chelsea $72 million, they paid $56 million for him
  • James Rodriguez cost Real Madrid over $107 million, he is worth $75 million
  • Prices, on average, were up 16 percent during the summer transfer window

Video: City clinical on set piece to double lead

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Manchester City has lived up to the billing early on in the Pep Guardiola era, and the first half of Sunday’s match against West Ham has been everything the Spaniard could hope for.

After taking an early lead through Raheem Sterling after seven minutes, Fernandinho doubled the City lead in the 18th minute after a stellar set piece situation.

Kevin De Bruyne‘s stepped up for a free kick before the Belgian curled his effort directly into the path of Fernandinho, who headed home the hosts for the 2-0 lead.

Even though West Ham is understandably undermanned with Dimitri Payet, Andy Carroll and others, City is putting on a show right now at the Etihad.

West Brom 0-0 Middlesbrough: Guzan holds Baggies scoreless

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Cristhian Stuani of Middlesbrough takes on Brendan Galloway and Claudio Yacob (R) of West Bromwich Albion  during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns on August 28, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t the most attractive perfromance all around but Middlesbrough remained perfect on Sunday after finishing level in their 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion from The Hawthorns.

Brad Guzan earned his second start in net on Sunday since joining Middlesbrough, and the U.S. Men’s National Team keeper was active early on, making two key saves in the first half to keep the match scoreless.

Despite Boro’s success in possession, the team lacked a final touch early on and failed to register a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes. West Brom was successful in limiting Alvaro Negredo’s touches early on, which prevented the road side from getting any sort of offensive rhythm.

West Brom continued to press for the opener in the second stanza, however, the home side’s remained limited and largely unthreatening. Craig Dawson had an opportunity to open the scoring in the 63rd minute with a header from close range, but the attempt missed wide of net after Matt Phillips played in the service.

Watch Live: Manchester City vs. West Ham (Lineups, Live Stream)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City battles with Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on January 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Pep Guardiola remains perfect in his early run in the Premier League and looks to continue that trend on Sunday as Manchester City hosts a difficult West Ham United side at 11 a.m. E.T. from the Etihad Stadium on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

Joe Hart has been the talking point for weeks now at City, but with the new signing of Claudio Bravo finalized earlier this week the attention turns to whether or not the Englishman will be offloaded before the transfer window closes next week.

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West Ham needed a late winner a week ago to edge Bournemouth at home, however, Slaven Bilic‘s side has battled hard in both of their fixtures to start the season.

The Hammers will be extremely undermanned on Sunday as Dimitri Payet headlines the group of players that haven’t travelled with the team to Manchester. Striker Andy Carroll won’t be at the Etihad either, leaving West Ham lacking with depth up front.

Enner Valencia and Cheikhou Kouyate will play key roles for the Hammers as they look to fill the voids left by Payet and Carroll.

Meanwhile, City will keep Will Caballero in net while Bravo finishes his transition into the squad. Nolito also gets the start alongside Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero up front, which will give West Ham fits defensively.

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Manchester City – Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Aguero.
Bench – Hart, Fernando, Nasri, Kolarov, Delph, Iheanacho, Navas.

West Ham – Adrián, Ogbonna, Reid, Masuaku, Collins, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Tore, Enner Valencia, Fletcher.
Bench – Randolph, Byrum, Burke, Oxford, Obiang, Lanzini, Calleri.

Serie A roundup: Khedira earns Juventus three points as Napoli defeats AC Milan

ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 27:  Sami Khedira #6 with his teammates of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Juventus FC at Stadio Olimpico on August 27, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Sami Khedira hasn’t found the field much since moving to Juventus two summers ago, but when he does, he has a striker’s eye.

The German bagged his eighth goal for Juventus in just his 28th appearance as the Italian giants went on the road and defeated Lazio 1-0.

A poor clear attempt by Lucas Biglia saw Paulo Dybala’s lofted ball over the top fall to Khedira, and he skittered the ball across the face of goal into the far corner. The win is the second of the year for Juventus after they took down Fiorentina in their opening match.

There was a goal-fest at Stadio San Paolo as Napoli defeated AC Milan 4-2 braces from Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon. Milik’s came in the first-half, with the opener in 18th minute, a lucky bounce as Dries Mertens’ shot clattered off the post and fell in Milik’s lap. He doubled Napoli’s lead in the 33rd minute with a beautiful header into the far corner, out-jumping Juraj Kucka.

The second half saw a flurry of action. A pair of goals four minutes apart saw Milan tie things up as M’baye Niang and Suso brought them level. Then, the yellow cards came flying. As a result, Kucka and Niang were both sent off for second cautions. Jose Callejon took advantage, bagging his first in the 74th and doubling his tally in stoppage time in a ridiculous bit of play that saw Alessio Romagnoli try to swat Mertens’ cross away from the goal line…yes, as in with his hands.

It’s a wonder Romagnoli wasn’t sent off for his actions. Napoli