Villarreal starting XI against Juventus cost less than Arthur

Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League by a Villarreal starting XI that was purchased for less than Arthur Melo alone, while the current squad costs over €300m compared to €125m for the Spaniards.

The Bianconeri were thrashed 3-0 at home by the Yellow Submarine in the second leg of the Round of 16, making this the third year in a row they have crumbled at this stage of the tournament.

After Ajax and FC Porto, Villarreal are another side who on paper Juventus should’ve been able to push past relatively easily, but found the reality to be very different.

Tuttomercatoweb calculated the transfer fees of the starting XI that played in Turin last night and found the total reached €53.4m.

Their most expensive signing of that group was Arnaut Danjuma at €24m.

In comparison, Juventus paid €76m to get Arthur from Barcelona, although Miralem Pjanic was used as part-exchange.

Arthur is not even the most expensive player in the Bianconeri squad, as Dusan Vlahovic cost €81.6m from Fiorentina in January and Matthijs De Ligt was purchased from Ajax in the summer of 2019 for €85.5m.

Sky Sport Italia calculated the cost of the entire Juventus squad including salaries and amortisation is over €300m, compared to Villarreal’s total of €125m.

3 Comments on “Villarreal starting XI against Juventus cost less than Arthur”

  1. You can then go one further and say that the cost of the top 3 Juventus players could pay for the entire bottom half of the table. It’s not who pays what, it’s who turns up. I remember when Milan last won the scudetto and a team packed with fresh signings, superstars, lost to Cesena in the second game of the season.

  2. This is getting pathetic FI. We all know Susy hate Juve. What is the point with this article other than feeding the trolls?

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