Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Has Neymar's move to PSG legitimised PL spending?

Older readers may remember the shock that reverberated around the British football scene when Trevor Francis' move from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in early 1979 broke the £1 million transfer barrier (and doubled the British record transfer fee). Less than forty years later and £1 million would just about buy one one of Neymar's toes. Footballing transfer finances are spiralling out of control. £1 million in 1979 is equivalent to around £5.25 million today, so in real terms a …
Cout off guard - Liverpool and the Problems of Old

Cout off guard - Liverpool and the Problems of Old

What promised to be a new era for Liverpool football club, ended up as the beginning of a new error in what has been depressing deja vu of sorts. Liverpool on the brink of another European adventure ...Talks of a war chest to rival the elite had supporters licking their lips in anticipation. But, as is always the case with the Reds, a step to future success is always shortlived. The Phillipe Coutinho bombshell caught everyone off guard. The so …
Would Serge Aurier be Worth the Gamble for Manchester United?

Would Serge Aurier be Worth the Gamble for Manchester United?

Manchester United have signed three players in this transfer window - their third and latest signing being Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, a player who would fill the defensive midfielder-shaped hole in the first team squad for the foreseeable future under Jose Mourinho. Another gap that needs plugging at United with a long-term view in mind is surprisingly at right full-back. Although the Red Devils are not short in quantity per se - with Players' Player of the Year in 2016/17 - Antonio …
Reiss Nelson's Pre-Season Exploits - What Next for the Arsenal Youngster?

Reiss Nelson's Pre-Season Exploits - What Next for the Arsenal Youngster?

The Emirates Cup - despite holding what some would consider a flawed point scoring system - has many benefits as a pre season competition. First is of course the added revenue it brings to all the clubs involved; mainly through the expansion of the associated brands across a greater worldwide audience, at a time where high quality football is in top demand. Then there is the benefit from the fans perspective of being able to watch not one, but two …
Chelsea Loaning Players to Other EPL Clubs Is Brilliant

Chelsea Loaning Players to Other EPL Clubs Is Brilliant

In the simulation game Football Manager, if your club’s squad is too large and you have too many players out on loan then the simulated journalists ask you questions in accusatory tones. “Why are you hoarding players and not giving them opportunities?” “When will [this next prodigy] get to play for the first team?” and so on. But in real life, clubs and managers have to plan for a real future and hence develop a setup, where large number of …
Why Willian is going to be key for Chelsea at the start of the new season

Why Willian is going to be key for Chelsea at the start of the new season

Chelsea were dealt an early blow ahead of their Premier League title defence, as Eden Hazard suffered a serious injury while on international duty with Belgium. He fractured his left ankle and he is set to miss the start of the season as a result. The time spent on the sidelines alone is a problem, but he will also be at a disadvantage when he does return, as he won't have had a pre-season of any kind. The attacker won't …
Matic's Arrival May Also be Good News for Fellaini

Matic's Arrival May Also be Good News for Fellaini

Despite strong rumours linking Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Turkish giants Galatasaray, the Belgian was every bit as driven for the Red Devils in the facile 3-0 win in Oslo, as he has been under Jose Mourinho last season. Fellaini scored the opening goal - which, in a way, showcased what the 28-year old could do in an advanced position when he is delivered quality balls inside the box. More often than not, they have ended in the back …
Should Liverpool sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona?

Should Liverpool sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona?

Philippe Coutinho has been linked to Barcelona sporadically over the last 12 months, but the current speculation seems to be genuine and Liverpool are facing a battle to keep hold of arguably their best player. The club insist that he hasn't asked to leave Anfield, but Barcelona are increasingly confident that a deal can be agreed with the Reds. A prominent reason why the La Liga giants want to sign Coutinho in this window is linked to Neymar's uncertain future. …
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