Manchester United retain their status as the Premier League’s most valuable club with an estimated worth of £4.8bn – over £1bn more than second-placed Liverpool – with City third and Arsenal fourth
- According to a recent study, Man United are the most valuable club in England
- The Red Devils’ club value has increased by 28 per cent over a two-year period
- Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal round off the top four teams in the top-flight
Manchester United have retained their position as the Premier League’s most valuable club, with a valuation of £4.8billion [$5.95b], according to a recent study.
The Red Devils have long been the most valuable club in English football and continued that streak after seeing their value increase by 28 per cent over a two-year period.
Despite their impressive rise in value over that time, Erik ten Hag’s side are not the side who’s stock has increased the most – and the real answer may surprise you.
Manchester United have been judged to be the Premier League’s most valuable club currently
According to a study by Sportico, Manchester United’s valuation of £4.8billion left them at the summit of the list.
Premier League’s top ten most valuable clubs
1. Manchester United £4.8bn
2. Liverpool £3.8bn
3. Man City £3.5bn
4. Arsenal £2.9bn
5. Chelsea £2.8bn
6. Tottenham £2.6bn
7. West Ham £539m
8. Everton £486m
9. Leicester £442m
10. Newcastle £357m
United’s rivals Liverpool and Man City were second and third respectively with valuations of £3.8billion [$4.71b] and £3.5billion [$4.43b].
Current Premier League leaders Arsenal moved up a spot with their value of £2.9billion [$3.6b], while Chelsea were left in fifth with £2.8billion [$3.47b].
And, between 2021 and 2023, it was Newcastle United who saw their club grow in value the most – with a 63 per cent increase bringing them to a total value of £357million.
Newcastle’s growth over the two years will have been benefitted by their Saudi led-takeover in 2021.
The news of Manchester United mammoth valuation comes after Sportsmail learned that their search for investment is likely to result in the full sale of the club.
Early indications – after the Premier League giants announced they were open to external parties taking a stake or buying outright – are that the latter is more appealing to those who have so-far registered an interest.
United’s American owners, the Glazer family, remain open to all options. With a huge, additional bill to either redevelop Old Trafford or build a brand new stadium, along with the prospect of a significant upgrade to the training ground, the costs involved will be vast.
The Glazers have confirmed they are ready to sell Manchester United after 17 years at the club
It is understood that the matter, overseen by US merchant bankers Raine Group, will move to a more formal stage in the next three to four weeks.
The news will no doubt be greeted by fans of the club, who have long protested against the Glazers’ controversial, debt-burdening 18-year reign. The toxicity that would be likely to remain should the Americans retain a controlling interest is another issue at play.
Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has revealed his interest in launching a takeover bid for Manchester United after the club was put up for sale by the Glazers.
Ratcliffe’s Ineos company, however, faces substantial competition, with multiple parties already involved from the US and beyond.
It remains to be seen whether a sovereign wealth fund will launch a bid, although such a development would not be unexpected.
United’s rivals Liverpool were a close second in the list of most valuable English teams
Despite their Premier League dominance Man City are only ranked third in the rankings
Arsenal have jumped Chelsea into fourth while Tottenham retain their place in sixth
While the cost is hefty, United’s global appeal is seen as highly attractive. The view throughout the business world is that the club’s vast fanbase, which they say is in excess of one billion, remains relatively untapped.
United’s place at the top comes despite their struggles in recent seasons – only showing improvement since Erik ten Hag took the role as manager ahead of the current campaign.
Liverpool were also put on the market last year, though the club are said to be more likely to sell a minority stake rather than sanction a full-blown takeover.
Manchester City’s place in third comes despite winning four of the last five Premier League titles.
Arsenal are top of the Premier League table, and should they win the title, it will be expected that they will start to close up to Liverpool and Man City ahead of them.