The Prime breaks the deal

The Prime breaks the deal

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With no hours to lower the blind in the summer window and with clubs, agents, coaches and players still tense over what may happen, there is no denying that the Premier League has once again brought out its enormous economic potential for the envy of others The English competition, a full-fledged Super League, was for the umpteenth time the great dominator of continental football, which no longer surprises anyone, with Darwin Núñez (Liverpool) or Erling Haaland ( Manchester City) as two of the main characters they landed during the summer in the British Isles.

The 75 million euros plus 25 in variables invested by the “reds” in the Uruguayan striker, an old acquaintance of Spanish football after his time in Almería, and the 60 million paid by the “sky blues” to the striker Norwegian, one of the most coveted on the market, they are just a sample of the insulting power of the English competition. Unlike in Spain, even a recently promoted club like historic Nottingham Forest is capable of having consumed over €150m, even surpassing some of the leading clubs in other major leagues. Whether that team abducted Renan Lodi from Atlético or Cholo’s side had Frenchman Boubacar Kamara tied up and Aston Villa only snatched him for cash explains the situation.

It is not insignificant that this summer the Prime Minister has smashed his historic spending record, already exceeding the 2,100 million euros with which he greatly exceeds the 1,610 million of 2017, according to data from Transfermarkt, the main portal specializing in market values. Unthinkable figures for the rest of the European leagues, which year after year see how no one can cough against England, where it seems that the crisis derived from the pandemic has not made noise.

Otherwise, you wouldn’t understand Chelsea paying Leicester more than 80 million for promising Wesley Fofana, the fourth most expensive centre-back in history after Maguire, De Ligt and Van Dijk. Not even the 100 million paid by Manchester United to Ajax to hire Brazilian winger Antony. The clubs of Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, despite the fact that the latter will not compete in the Champions League, are the kings of the market with respectively 269 and 238 million invested.

Antony, still at Ajax, before signing for Manchester United for 100 million. /


In the rest of the competitions of the Old Continent, with special mention to the Spanish one, the times of economic waste are over. All that remains is the memory of the time when the League was strong, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi at the helm. The situation in Spain has deteriorated so much that it occupies the fifth position of transfer expenditure on this market, with some 450 million invested. The tournament in which the current European champion plays is clearly overtaken at the moment by Serie A (around 750 million), the Bundesliga (around 500 million) and even the French Ligue 1 (475 million). Beyond the Premier factor, which took players like Casemiro (Manchester United), Isak (Newcastle) or Guedes (Valencia) in Spain to pull their wallets, the national championship is going through serious difficulties.

summer of levers

In a market less crowded than before, Barcelona, ​​with the already famous levers, was the great animator of the League. The Ivorian Kessié and the Dane Christensen landed for free in Barcelona, ​​after ending their contracts with Milan and Chelsea respectively, but the entity chaired by Joan Laporta has also made a major financial effort to bring in players of the level of the Brazilian Raphinha (Leeds) for 48 million plus 12 variables, the Pole Lewandowski (Bayern), in exchange for 45 million plus five variables, or the Frenchman Koundé (Seville), the last player registered by the Blaugrana, after having paid 50 million more 12.5 for goals at the Sevilla club.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates a goal with Barça. /


All this against Real Madrid, current League and European champions, who failed in their star bet for Mbappé, and who were only reinforced with French midfielder Tchouaméni, after paying Monaco 80 million plus 20 in variables, and the German central Rüdiger. (Chelsea), free after going through the London team. And that a few weeks ago he saw Casemiro, one of his banners, head to Manchester to join the ranks of the “red devils” in exchange for 70 million for the accounts of the “white house”.

There have not been too many rounds at Atlético de Madrid, the third in the discord, which has barely invested 20 million for the Argentinian Nahuel Molina (Udinese) and 6.5 for the Brazilian winger Samuel Lino (Gil Vicente), loaned to Valencia in the same style. . Two movements that accompany the arrivals of Witsel, after having concluded a contract with Borussia Dortmund, and Sergio Reguilón, an old acquaintance of his rival neighbor, who landed at the Metropolitano after the agreement for his transfer with Tottenham. Gone are the summers when the great giants of Spanish football set the tone.

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