The Premier breaks the market

The 'citizen' Erling Haaland, one of the great movements of the summer. / EP

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Just a few hours before the summer window closes, the English competition has invested almost five times more in signings than the Spanish League, also behind Italy, Germany and France

In the absence of a few hours for the blind to be lowered in the summer window and with clubs, agents, coaches and players still tense about what may happen, it is undeniable that the Premier League has once again brought out its enormous economic potential to envy of the rest The English competition, a whole Super League of its own, has been for the umpteenth time the great dominator of continental football, something that no longer surprises anyone, with Darwin Núñez (Liverpool) or Erling Haaland (Manchester City) as two of the main figures that They have 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 passing through Almería, and the 60 million paid out by the 'sky blues' for the Norwegian striker, one of the most coveted in the market, they are just a sample of the insulting power of the English competition. Unlike what happens in Spain, even a recently promoted club like the historic Nottingham Forest is capable of having consumed more than 150 million euros, even surpassing some of the main clubs in other major leagues. That this team takes away Renan Lodi from Atlético or that the Cholo team had Frenchman Boubacar Kamara tied up and Aston Villa snatched him only for money, explains the situation.

It is not trivial that this summer the Premier has pulverized its historical spending record, already exceeding 2,100 million euros with which it far exceeds the 1,610 million of 2017, according to data from Transfermarkt, the main portal specialized in market values . Unthinkable figures for the rest of the European leagues, which year after year see how nobody can cough at England, where it seems that the crisis derived from the pandemic has not made a dent.

Otherwise, it would not be understood that Chelsea pays more than 80 million to Leicester for the promising Wesley Fofana, the fourth most expensive central defender in history after Maguire, De Ligt and Van Dijk. Not even the 100 million paid by Manchester United to Ajax to hire the Brazilian winger Antony. The Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford clubs, despite the fact that the latter will not play in the Champions League, are the kings of the market with 269 and 238 million invested, respectively.

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

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

summer of levers

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

Robert Lewandowski celebrates a goal with Barça. /

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All this against a Real Madrid, current champion of the League and Europe, which failed in its star bet for Mbappé, and has only been reinforced with the French midfielder Tchouaméni, after disbursing Monaco 80 million plus 20 in variables, and the central German Rüdiger (Chelsea), free after passing through the London team. And that weeks ago he saw Casemiro, one of his banners, heading to Manchester to join the ranks of the 'red devils' in exchange for 70 million for the 'white house' accounts.

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

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