Hello, good afternoon sports fans, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff. I hope you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health. Sports fans, let’s talk about football and in particular, football finances .
Fellow football lovers, the topic for this particular conversation is that of football finance. In many years gone by and arguably globally when everyone is feeling price increases and economic constrains, football has been operating in a parallel universe.
There is now a £200 million player and the price of players has gone up dramatically, (Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United and the fee they paid, is the prime example of this).
Traditional big spenders PSG and Manchester City have arguably had a change of tact this summer. City in particular have sold £120 million+ worth of talent, to arguably fund their spending spree of Haaland, Philips and Alvarez .
If I am not to be mistaken, The Blues are in profit after this summer’s dealings. PSG, the fellow big over spenders in Europe, even they have put the handbrake on.
What has become the norm for the Parisians is usually to spend lavishly on who they want and when they want. When Luis Campos, a very skilled director of football was given the Director of Football role at the Parc De Princes, things were inevitably going to change .
This appointment by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has seen some astute signings been made such as Vitinha and Renato Sanches (young and hungry to improve) . These two players, are not usually the kind PSG would sign, but there has been a shift of the way the Paris club are now doing things.
Former big spenders Real Madrid, did make the big signing of Aurelien Tchouameni, but that had been after many summers where no signings were made.
Barcelona, are being the exception to the rule this they and Nottingham Forest have been spending, like they have won the lottery , but with Forest there is some method to the spending.
The two-time Champions League winners Forest haven’t been signing players in positions they don’t need, something which Barca are doing. When you have clubs like Barcelona, who will only learn if they were to go out of business, then the argument is, football and it’s spending is just as crazy.
PSG and Man City give my argument some form of substance, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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