Manchester United and neighbours Manchester City might have deep pockets but even they might baulk at estimates it will cost them almost £2m a point to win the Premier League title this season. United could go top of the table on Friday night (19 August) with victory over Southampton at Old Trafford, while Pep Guardiola's City travel take on Stoke Citythe next day.
If either Manchester side – favourites for the title – land the trophy their expensive summers means it will have cost them £1,850,000 (based on Leicester City's total of 81 points last season), predicts Bettingexpert research.
Henrik Lykkesteen, from the sports tipster, said: "It's no secret that Premier League transfers continue to go through the roof, and fans will be questioning whether their club has spent enough to land the title. Our research suggests that ahead of the first game of the season, only the Manchester clubs have splashed enough cash to win it. Fans of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Leicester will be hoping there's more transfer business to come."
Bettingexpert also looked at the cost of title-winning goals – which have never come cheap in the Premier League. It won't come as a surprise that post-Abramovich Chelsea hold the record for the most expensive title-winning goals at £1,929,028 per goal, in 2004/5. It's a far cry from the cheapest - Manchester United in 1995/6, who spent just £6,965 per goal scored.