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Which 'big six' Premier League boss provides the best value for money?

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Between them, the top six clubs have spent just over £1bn this seasonIt is easy to spend money in football. Spending it well is a lot harder.At the very top, the sport is awash with spendthrift billionaire owners and ever-increasing television revenues leading to eye-watering transfer fees.To compete, it is imperative that the top clubs have thorough scouting, smart recruitment, intelligent coaching and, above all, a manager who can blend all of this into a successful side.
Over the past two seasons, each of the Premier League's 'big six' - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - have kept their manager. But which have delivered the best return on their transfer outlay in that time[/img]

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Manchester City
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John Stones and Kyle Walker both cost Man City large feesYou don't spend money like Manchester City without attracting criticism. The barbs have been both overt (from rival fans) and veiled (none more so than Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho's January complaint that City "spend striker money on full-backs").City are, at present, the alpha males of the market, in the Premier League at least. During the two seasons of Pep Guardiola's reign at the club they have spent £476m to bring in 23 players, including an unprecedented Premier League outlay of £284m during the two transfer windows of 2017-18.But City have not been throwing good money after bad - a past failing of theirs and a present one for some top-flight clubs. Their spending represents the need to overhaul areas of an aging, under-performing squad and an expensive but unwavering loyalty to the vision and ability of their manager, vindicated through this season's delivery of the most impressive of Premier League title wins and an accompanying Carabao Cup.The Spaniard is clocking in at £2m a point - the most expensive of the big six - but for the expertise he has brought and the memories he has provided in a league campaign of arguably unparalleled brilliance, Manchester City, their fans and many more would say he is priceless.
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Manchester United
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Paul Pogba cost Manchester United a then world record £89m fee in August 2016In his two years at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has continued the big-spending transfer pattern the club have adopted in search of rediscovering their success under Sir Alex Ferguson. This has involved lavish outlays on a small number of signings - £314m on eight individuals in the past two seasons, with only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free) and Alexis Sanchez (swap) costing them less than a £30m fee.Mourinho may bemoan his club's inability to compete with City, both on and off the pitch, but they have done as good a job as any to try to cling on to the coat-tail of Guardiola's side on both fronts.The runners-up spot in the league is theirs, as is the chance of a third trophy in two years under the Portuguese when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on 19 May. They were also one of just two sides to beat City this league campaign, and the only one to do so at the Etihad. They may not have bought full-backs for striker money, but United did bring in Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016 for what was then unprecedented cash for any player and the £76m on Romelu Lukaku last summer is also more than City have spent on a single player in their history.Mourinho's side have not sparkled in the league like City, but if he secures an FA Cup in eight days' time, Mourinho will have won more major trophies than Guardiola during their respective current tenures. Like a maverick TV cop, you may not like Jose's methods, but he gets results.
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Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona last January has enabled Liverpool to turn a transfer profit over the past two seasonsAs the only man in profit on the list, on the face of it Jurgen Klopp is the managerial bargain of the century. The German has undoubtedly done a lot with the materials at his disposal. There is, though, significant context surrounding that figure, headlined by one Philippe Coutinho.The Brazilian's sale to Barcelona in January for an initial £108m provides the highest-profile example of how Liverpool have balanced their books through the (occasionally unwanted) big-money sale of players during Klopp's time at the club.We are talking, though, about a snapshot in time during the cycle of any club's development. Currently, this benefits Klopp following the balancing effect of Coutinho's sale. We could be presented with a very different outcome in 12 months' time, when the sizeable transfer fee of Naby Keita is added to the balance sheet as part of what may well be two windows of significant outlay. What is to Liverpool and Klopp's credit is their ability to identify and drive a hard bargain on players they can then improve. As an example, Salah was brought in for roughly £10m more than they recouped from the sale of Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace. The latter has three goals in 29 appearances this season, the former 43 in 48.It is this that has enabled Klopp to develop the Reds into one of the most devastating attacking sides in England and beyond, without breaking the bank. This could be emphasised further on 26 May when they face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League.
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