Sunderland's entire squad cost less than Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba cost Manchester United 89million - more than it took Sunderland to assemble their entire squad. Pic: PA.
Paul Pogba cost Manchester United 89million - more than it took Sunderland to assemble their entire squad. Pic: PA.
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The price of competing in the Premier League is revealed with a closer look at how much it has taken Sunderland to assemble their 2016-17 squad.

Manager David Moyes has signed SEVEN players since taking over at the Stadium of Light at the end of July.

He has spent more than £27million on recruiting Dider Ndong, Papy Djilobodji, Donald Love, and Paddy McNair, as well as bringing in Steven Pienaar on a free transfer, and Adnan Januzaj and Javier Manquillo on loan.

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But the total cost of assembling the squad is closer to £80million once the following players already at the club are taken into account.

Fabio Borini - £10million

Jack Rodwell - £10million

Wahbi Kazri - £9million

Lee Cattermole - £6million

Lamine Kone - £5million

John O'Shea - £4.5million

Charalampos Mavrias - £2.5million

Vito Mannone - £2million

Patrick van Aanholt - £1.5million

Jan Kirchhoff - £750,000

Billy Jones - free

Sebastian Larsson - free

Jermain Defoe - swap deal for Jozy Altidore

Duncan Watmore - undislosed

Jordan Pickford - from youth

Lynden Gooch - from youth

Joel Asoro - not known

In addition, they have another £14.5million worth of talent out on loan - Jeremain Lens (£8million), Sebastian Coates (£2million), Adam Matthews (£2million) and Will Buckley (£2.5million).

The task they - and many other clubs - face in trying to compete with the Premier League's elite is demonstrated by the fact Sunderland's entire squad cost less than the £89million Manchester United paid Juventus for summer signing Paul Pogba.