Transfer madness continues

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.

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Gareth Bale (left), Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez (right). Photo: REUTERS

 

Then Paul Pogba’s shocker deal came along, Manchester United paid a recording-breaking £100 million to bring him to Old Traford from Juventus.

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Paul Pogba. Photo: Twitter (Man Utd)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Neymar joins PSG for a market-shattering $264 million (AP).

 

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.

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Ousmane Dembele

 

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.

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Kylian Mbappe. Photo: REX FEATURES

 

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).

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How will Dembele perform at Barca?

Sports news is circulating around no one but Moussa Dembele.
Barcelona’s €105 million staggering bid for the Borussia Dortmund (former) player has been accepted, but this fee could increase to €147 million due to bonuses.
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This is the second most expensive transfer in football history, coming second to no other but Neymar’s astronomical €222 million bid that saw him leave Barcelona for PSG.
Neymar’s departure kinda left a gap in Barcelona’s tactical plan, and the club has been in the market for an equally good replacement. They dipped their hand in the bag for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho but were rejected.
So now that they have their replacement, the question is; how will Dembele fare at Barcelona?
I have watched some videos of his performance on YouTube, and I think he levels up to his Barca predecessor. I’m not just saying this because I’m a Barca fan, but you can YouTube him up and see what I’m saying.
His touch on the ball is excellent, his dribbling is masterclass, his pace… Oh My God! He’s incredibly fast, explosive I’d say.
If you ask me, I think Barca have their man, he’s an excellent capture for the club, and he’d surely relish playing alongside Messi.

Football and its shady deals

I knew it, I just knew that something wasn’t right about Neymar’s €222m record-breaking deal that snatched him from Barcelona to PSG.

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Neymar joins PSG for a record-breaking €222m

Now FC Barcelona are suing Neymar to court, asking for €8.5m for contract breach.

What kind of contract breach?

Prior to the lawsuit, Neymar made some heartfelt statements about his former club.

And what were his statements? Read below

“There are people in charge that shouldn’t be there,” Neymar told reporters.

“Barca deserve much more and everyone knows that.”

Definitely these statements were bound to hurt Barcelona’s Board, and they’ve rightfully come for him in turn.

However the rally goes, what is known is that there is clear unsettlement at FC Barcelona. I’m guessing Neymar is speaking on behalf of his former teammates, airing their pains for them.

Running a football club is no easy task, but one thing is not negotiable, which is the happiness of the players. Every manager knows this, every Board knows this.

All said and done, I hope the issue is resolved quickly, because such unneeded media attention could affect the performance of the players.