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


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

STREAM: Arsenal-Boro, Swans-Watford, every 10am ET game

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Mesut Ozil of Arsenal (C) celebrates scoring his sides third goal with his team mates  during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Six games take center stage at 10 a.m. ET in the Premier League on Saturday, with both north London clubs in action.

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Red-hot Arsenal host Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium, while Swansea City welcome Watford as Bob Bradley manages his first home game in the Premier League. Leicester City and Crystal Palace do battle, while Everton head to Burnley, Stoke go to Hull and West Ham host struggling Sunderland.

You can stream each game live by clicking on the links below or above.

10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Sunderland – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Hull City vs. Stoke City – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Everton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Watford – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham: Spurs stay unbeaten

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Adam Smith of AFC Bournemouth (L) blocks Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur (R) shot during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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  • Spurs remain unbeaten
  • Bournemouth impress
  • Wilshere plays 90 minutes
  • Surman, Stanislas injured before game

Tottenham Hotspur remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League as they drew 0-0 at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Both teams hit the woodwork in the first half with Charlie Daniels going close for Bournemouth and Erik Lamela clipping the post for Spurs.

Bournemouth’s high-energy approach halted Spurs’ usual fluidity as an intense game played out in the autumnal sun on the south coast.

With the point Spurs momentarily moved joint-top of the PL on 19 points, while Bournemouth on 12 points as they’re now four games unbeaten.

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Bournemouth started very brightly and after six minutes they hit the woodwork. A short corner found Dan Gosling and his pull back found Daniels but the former Spurs’ player saw his shot deflected onto the bar brilliantly by Hugo Lloris. The Cherries continued to push and Callum Wilson was looking lively on the break.

Then Spurs hit the woodwork as a magnificent double nutmeg from Dele Alli in the middle of the pitch set up Lamela and the Argentine struck the post with an audacious long-range effort.

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Spurs grew into the game as the half wore on and Bournemouth’s intense pressure subsided a little, and Christian Eriksen‘s deflected effort was well saved by Artur Boruc at his near post. A flurry of yellow cards then emerged

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At the start of the second half Lamela fired over the bar at the near post as Spurs looked the more dangerous. Vincent Janssen replaced Son on the hour mark as Tottenham tried something different in order to break down a stubborn Bournemouth back line.

Boruc denied Danny Rose and try as they might Spurs failed to break through the Cherries rearguard, which saw Jack Wilshre (playing his first 90 minutes for over two years) trying to create as much as possible in midfield.

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In the dying stages it was Bournemouth who looked more likely to score but Benik Afobe headed just over as the Cherries’ final flourish didn’t yield a winning goal.


STREAM: Watch Premier League “Goal Rush” at 10am ET

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At 10 a.m. ET this Saturday you will be able to access NBC Sports Digital’s Premier League Goal Rush.

It will be available on the NBC Sports App, on and on a dedicated Premier League Extratime channel as goals from all four matches in the 10 a.m. ET window will be shown simultaneously as live look-ins occur around all the grounds in the Premier League.


For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of NFL RedZone-like action from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window.

The feature game this weekend will be Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough and as goals and incidents occur around the league, you will be transported to the action as it happens.

More info is available here, plus the schedule for all four games at 10 a.m. ET is below.

10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace
10 a.m. ET: Hull City vs. Stoke City
10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Sunderland
10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Watford
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Everton

China hires Lippi to take over national football team

FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 29:  Marcello Lippi attends a training session at Coverciano on May 29, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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BEIJING (AP) China has hired World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi to head its national football team.

China’s football association on Saturday formally announced the hiring of the 68-year-old Lippi, who guided Italy to the 2006 World Cup title.

It’s the latest move by China in a national push to become more competitive in soccer. Under President Xi Jinping, a fan of the sport, China has set the goal of becoming a soccer superpower but its foray into football has so far been a failure. The men’s national team has qualified for just one World Cup, in 2002, and did not score a single goal.

Lippi replaces Gao Hongbo, who resigned after China’s Oct. 11 loss to Uzbekistan.