Chelsea have the fifth-most valuable squad in Europe’s major leagues according to CIES Football Observatory.
The Swiss-based research group’s listed the top clubs in European football based on the valuation of each team’s top 20 players.
Chelsea’s squad is valued at £917million (or just over €1billion) in fifth position, slightly above Manchester United (£916m) in sixth.
The Premier League leaders Liverpool are top of the list with a squad value of £1.29bn, while Manchester City’s value of £1.24bn put them in second place.
Two La Liga giants Barcelona (£1.07bn) and Real Madrid (£1bn) are third and fourth in the list respectively.
To determine a player’s value, CIES factors in several variables such as player’s age, contract duration, performance, international status, etc (CIES).
Considering Chelsea’s previous summer transfer ban, it is actually surprising how high Frank Lampard’s squad is on the list, especially looking at how close it is to Barcelona’s and Real Madrid’s valuation.
Having a notoriously young side, Chelsea could see their squad valuation rise even further as the young players reach their peak in a few years.
The Premier League clubs dominate the list with eight clubs in the top 20, with Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal ranked ninth and 15th respectively.