While the Spanish league is the paradigm of the reduction of transfer expenses that devastates the market due to the impact of covid-19, the Premier League bursts the market headed by its most powerful clubs, the so-called Big six (United, Liverpool, Chelsea, City, Tottenham and Arsenal). At this point in the summer, with an outlay of 566 million euros, these half a dozen wealthy clubs have spent almost five times more than all Spanish teams (127). This amount represents 60% of the total spending of the Premier (935 million), more than the other 14 teams in its league combined. It is also superior to all investment in Serie A (373), Bundesliga (318) and Ligue 1 (285) so far.
Examples of the might of the coffers of the Big six They are clear. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has made the highest outlay of the Premier in a player. Jack Grealish left Aston Villa in exchange for 117.5 million euros, the sixth most expensive transaction in the history of world football. His neighbors, United, have also had no qualms and have taken the services of Jadon Sancho (85 million euros paid to Borussia Dortmund) and Varane (50 to Real Madrid). Chelsea, current Champions of the Champions League, has moved to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge in exchange for 115 million, in what will be the Belgian forward’s third stage at the London club after establishing himself as a star in his two years at Inter Milan. This move makes Lukaku the player who has moved the most money in transfers with 320 million euros, surpassing Neymar (310) and Cristiano Ronaldo (230).
The other three members of the Big six they have been more restrained in their expenses, but they have also made significant outlays. Liverpool, after bleeding injuries in defense last season, have signed promising French center-back Konaté from RB Leipzig for 40 million. Arsenal have bet heavily on the English midfielder Ben White, who comes to the Emirates from Brighton in exchange for 58.5 million. Tottenham, in addition to signing young Spanish Bryan Gil from Sevilla (25 million plus Lamela), has signed Argentine central Cristian Romero from Atalanta for 50 million.
Despite having already spent so many hundreds of millions, the six richest clubs in the Premier are related to the great market movements that are to be carried out, with the permission of PSG, which this year has fished well in the pond free agents (Messi, Ramos, Wijnaldum and Donnarumma).
Chelsea is targeting Sevilla center-back Juls Koundé, and the Seville club refers to the 80 million dollar buyout clause. Harry Kane aims to leave Tottenham to be under Guardiola’s orders and, although exact figures are not yet known, the transfer could exceed 100 million euros. If this operation takes place, as a replacement, the London club has practically tied Lautaro Martínez for a figure close to 70 million.
The opulence of Big six and in general of the Premier clubs it contrasts with the hibernation of the market in the Spanish sector. In the summer of 2019, the last before the health crisis, investment among all LaLiga clubs exceeded 1,500 million euros. At this point in the summer market, spending stands at 127 million, a reduction of 92%. The amount spent by Spanish clubs so far is equivalent to the cost of the signing of Joao Felix by Atlético de Madrid two seasons ago. For months the employer’s association, through its president Javier Tebas, announced that this summer the need for an austere policy in signings to alleviate the economic consequences derived from the coronavirus crisis. The words “barter” or “cession” have been the most used by the leaders and agents that operate in the Spanish market. Not even the injection of 2,688 million euros from the CVC investment fund will mean a considerable increase in spending on transfers because only 15% can be allocated to it.
Real Madrid and Barcelona, used to shaking the market year after year, have not yet invested a single euro this summer, and have had to say goodbye to their captains: Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi, both bound for Paris. The whites accumulate their second campaign without investment and Joan Laporta is faced with the puzzle of being able to register the players who have signed for free (Depay, Agüero and Eric García) within his tight salary limit. Only two clubs in Spain have so far exceeded the 10 million mark in this market, Villarreal (31) and Atlético (35). If the investment does not rise, this will be the summer with the least disbursement of LaLiga clubs in the 21st century.
Meanwhile, the Premier, with its Big six As a spearhead, it widens the gap in talent recruitment and establishes itself as the richest club competition in the world.
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