How the Premier League clubs are exploited by Neil Watson
If we ever needed a more blatant example of how premier leagues clubs are financially exploited by agents and European clubs today’s news of Thomas Lemar signing for Atletico Madrid has to be it. The alleged transfer fee for his transfer from France to Spain is £63 million…. for the same player that Arsenal and Liverpool were quoted £90 million for his services. That’s a nearly 50% over charge!! That still represents a massive gamble in my book and I think I’d rather stick it on red on a roulette table!
There is absolutely no doubt he is a fine player and obviously a brilliant acquisition to any team but the extra £30 million we would have had to pay could have bought Torreira and still have a bit of cash left over to use with the best online casino deals to try and win the whole lot back.
Our business buying Aubameyang looks incredibly astute by comparison and also the way Emery and his team are going about rebuilding our defence without buying stars of the World Cup – who will have grossly inflated prices after the tournament.
Whereas it’s always good to be associated with potential signings that all top clubs are after maybe it show more astute and efficient scouting that we are going after players not being coveted by the European giants. It doesn’t necessarily mean our purchases are substandard, it just means maybe we are buying players that can fit the roles required rather than those that attract the biggest headlines.
I am hopeful, with our new management structure, our signings are addressing weaknesses that need improving in our team rather than players that will increase jersey sales and the club’s profitability.