First it was Gareth Bale’s deal in 2013 that broke the long silence, Real Madrid paid a record-breaking €100 million to land the Tottenham Hotspur player in the Santiago Bernabéu.
Then Paul Pogba’s shocker deal came along, Manchester United paid a recording-breaking £100 million to bring him to Old Traford from Juventus.
Then PSG did the unbelievable by paying Neymar’s crazy $264 million buyout clause that saw the talismanic footballer leave Barcelona for Paris. I still think till today that this is the deal that actually broke the camel’s back.
Neymar’s departure left a gaping hole in Barcelona’s tactical plan, and they knew they had to fill the gap. The frenzy then continued as Barcelona doled out a whooping €147 million to bring Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele to the Camp Nou.
PSG are yet again dipping their hands inside that seemingly infinite bag of cash to pull out the $215 million that will see the Monaco teenager, Kylian Mbappe, move to Parc des Princes.
With the first, second, and third most expensive deals in the world happening all in one year, it is vivid that the transfer madness isn’t easing up.
If you ask me, the transfer market is already blown as the gap between top clubs and smaller clubs widen. It is indeed a fiasco of financial bullying.
To protect the sport followed by 3.5 billion fans, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) must put policies in play to prohibit extravagance in the sport.
Also, the Professional Footballers Union, FiFPro, has called on the European Commission to investigate the flow of money into the sport (Read here).