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With Manchester City's great form to the 2017 season, Mark Ogden discusses whether anyone in the Premier League can catch them in the table.

Manchester City have the most valuable squad in world football, followed by Tottenham Hotspur, a new study commissioned by CIES Football Observatory has said.

Chelsea and Barcelona make up a field of four European clubs with squads valued at more than €1 billion (£883m).

City have four players considered to be worth more than €100m, with Kevin De Bruyne the most valuable at €145m.

Pep Guardiola's squad has a total transfer value of €1.2bn, with forwards Leroy Sane (€119.5m), Raheem Sterling (€118.2m) and Gabriel Jesus (€107m) among their highest-valued players.

Spurs, meanwhile, have players worth €1.17bn, with Harry Kane valued at €185.6m.

The valuation means the England striker, 23, is rated as the second most valuable player in the world behind Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar.

Kane's Spurs and England teammate Dele Alli is the third most valuable player in Europe at €181.7m, while Christian Eriksen (€104.9m) and Heung Son-Min (€67.5m) make up the Tottenham top four.

La Liga leaders Barcelona, whose squad has an overall valuation of €1.13bn, are third on the overall list of squad values, with Luis Suarez (€133.6m), their most valuable player. Lionel Messi, now 30, is worth €117.3m.

The valuations are determined by a number of factors, including performance of players and their clubs, international status, contract, age and position.

PSG, who signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record €222m in the summer, are eighth on the overall list.

Fourth-placed Chelsea are worth €1.04bn, while Manchester United, valued at €919m (£812.9m), are fifth.

The study ranked Romelu Lukaku (€165.3m) as more valuable than Suarez, Chelsea's most valuable player Eden Hazard or Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.

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