It’s been a crazy summer of transfers in the world of football but has it really been for the better? In an over-priced and competitive market, Premier League clubs broke their own record of last year by spending £1.4 billion on transfers.
Many can look to Paul Pogba’s world record move back to Manchester United last summer, as the catalyst to player value increase in the market but with the riches of Europe’s elite, this was always bound to happen.
While the Premier League transfer record wasn’t broken this year, (Romelu Lukaku to Man Utd – 2017 – £70 Million- less than Paul Pogba to Man Utd – 2016 -£89 Million) clubs still managed to spend even more on new talent but where overshadowed by other deals in Europe’s top leagues.
The huge stand out would be Neymar JR’s move to PSG from Barcelona for a world record 222 Million euros (£200 Million) which sent shock waves throughout Europe and made PSG a force to be reckoned with. Not 12 months on from Pogba’s world record transfer, Neymar’s fee completely smashes the former and while many people think Neymar’s fee won’t be broken for some time, this may not be the case with the growing market values in transfers.
Paul Pogba has gone from the most expensive player in the world to the third in the space of a year also. Of course, with Barcelona losing their superstar Neymar, they had to smash some kind of record of their own in order to regain some stability in La Liga. Step forward Ousmane Dembele.
Having only been signed from Rennes the season before for a fee around 12 Million, Borussia Dortmund attempted to keep hold of the talented, French winger for as long as possible but Barcelona came knocking and the player had theoretically already packed his bags for Spain. Borussia Dortmund, on this occasion, can say the inflated transfer market benefitted them as they received 105 Million euros, making him the world’s second most expensive player ever.
The inflated market benefits the club who have incredible talent to sale but only Europe’s best can survive in the market. PSG’s loan signing (with an option to buy next year at 160 Million) of French wonder kid; Kylian Mbappe, already shows how strong and dominant a club can be in the market if they have the finances.
However, in terms of joint over-spending, we look to the English Premier League again. With the crazy amounts being paid to English clubs through advertising and TV deals, it isn’t much of a surprise how even lower teams in the division are able to spend £50+ Million.
What is certain however, is that the market values will continue to rise and records for spending will continue to be broken so don’t be surprised if Neymar’s world record transfer to Paris is a near distant memory soon.
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