La Liga president Javier Tebas has slammed the Premier League for their ‘doped market’ and claims they are destabilising the sustainability of European football.
Tebas has been a vocal critic of clubs that have spent lavishly in the market. He has pointed accusing fingers at Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, questioning their spending on transfers.
He reported Premier League clubs to UEFA for transfer inflation a few months ago and has ramped up his criticism following their outlay in the January transfer window.
English top-flight clubs spent £815 million on new players, almost double the previous highest spend of £430m in 2018. Chelsea topped the list, spending £300m on eight signings.
The Blues’ transfer expenditure was more than the combined total of all clubs in the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, prompting questions about Financial Fair Play (FFP).
“The British market is a doped market,” said Tebas (via The Guardian). “You can see it clearly in this winter market, where Chelsea have made almost half of the signings in the Premier League.
“It is quite dangerous that the markets are doped, inflated, as has been happening in recent years in Europe, because that can jeopardise the sustainability of European football.
“I am happy because our clubs are economically sustainable, and that means that we have a future for many years to come.”
The dominance of the Premier League in the transfer markets is increasing rapidly. They are adding more international talents to an already incredible domestic competition.
EPL clubs have spent almost £3 billion in transfer fees across the two windows in the 2022/23 season.
The financial might of relegation-battlers like Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth has astounded onlookers.
Southampton spent over £40m on transfers despite sitting bottom of the table. La Liga’s entire outlay was around €30m (£26.8m).
However, there are concerns about how English clubs spend money. Despite paying record-breaking transfer sums, only around £25m went to Football League clubs.
This will bring up debates about the distribution of finances, as trickle-down funds are crucial for club funding and the future of the pyramid.
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