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Being labelled ‘the best league in the world’ or the sheer amounts of money generated,

In footballing terms certainly has it perks, but in the transfer market it seems to be looked at as a negative by other leagues.

The 'English' transfer feeEngland and the Premier League are seen by others as the big bad corporation trying to pluck our players. Teams around the world simply aren’t having it anymore, now we fully understand teams setting the prices and teams being given the option to buy or not but things seem to be a lot different now.

We often see teams around Europe getting great deals on quality players but a lot of is down to the fact that there seems to be a transfer fee and an ‘English’ transfer fee. The amount of money in the Premier League has been highly publicised for years and European clubs know EPL is cash rich and puts fees up. Big name players sell football shirts and attract fans to the matches so the money spent will certainly be recuperated over time but are fees getting out of control for English clubs?

An example is Leonardo Bonucci. Not to overshadow the fact that Bonucci needed to stay in Italy due to his son being terminally ill, but the fact that Juventus would rather sell arguably the best defender in the world to a direct rival for £40m in AC Milan whist’s being in negotiations with English clubs for weeks refusing to budge from their £60m valuation signifies the way English teams are viewed around Europe when it comes to transfers. I’m certain if Juventus set an asking price of £40m for Bonucci there would be a lot more suitors even if Bonucci had no plans to leave Italy.

Again, English teams especially Chelsea and Manchester United were in for James Rodriguez and were quoted £60m+ only for him to end up signing for Bayern Munich on a 2-year loan with the option to sign permanently for €35.2m!

Do you think the notion of ‘English’ transfer fee really exists? Do English clubs do it to themselves with how much English players cost? Let us know below.

Post written by Jonathan Roberts
Blog: missingstudsfootball.wordpress.com, Twitter: @missingstuds

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