“We’re not a selling club”
- Aug 22, 2013
Nah. There are still very good deals to be had around Europe(albeit maybe alittle more money being required) but in England, obscene amounts of money are required to buy players.The Neymar transfer changed it all. Obviously smashing the record fee, but also what happened after that - the prices Barca then paid for an established player in Coutinho, and, probably with more impact, one of the hot prospects in Europe in Dembele with that money. That set benchmarks then for different brackets of player that clubs could quote and just trickles all down the foodchain, prices go up.
Obviously the seemingly ever increasing influx of money (especially in England) and inevitable natural inflation has been seeing the prices go up and up, to what we already thought were pretty crazy, but I think that deal just massively accelerated the whole thing. A key moment in the modern football transfer market.