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Manchester United v Chelsea – who will be the ‘big-spenders’ this summer?

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For every football fan, it’s a different kind of nail-biting scenario. Its 3 months of contrasting fortunes; anxiety and excitement.  Whether it may be a fan favorite involved in a copious amount of speculation or a sought after star your club may be rumored with, the papers do a good job of getting your heart going.

Each year the transfer record is broken, it’s as if all clubs defy logic and expectation, just to ‘splash the cash’. Last summer for instance, Premier league clubs netted a combined sum of £485 million on purchasing players,  granted the Manchester clubs alone equated to just a quarter of that sum. But I can’t help feel this summer could match last summer’s record, if not surpass it.

In recent years, many clubs and players have been embroiled in a transfer saga, which for the fans involved; can no doubt test the patience and blood pressure. Most notably, Cesc Fabregas’ inevitable move from Arsenal to Barcelona, which clouded the paper talk for just over 2 years. Many also believe Luka Modric’s potential move to either Manchester United or Chelsea will be a reoccurrence of the Fabregas embargo of 2011.

The money spent each and every year, also re-ignites the discussion of homegrown talent throughout the league. Clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United persevered with the theory or bringing the youth up through the Academy for as long as they could particularly Arsenal, who with, Arsene Wenger at the helm, pride themselves on youth instead of spending. But in this day and age, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea having money injected through foreign ownership, clubs like Arsenal’s stand on youth over money is almost rendered obsolete. Throughout the course of the window, numerous clubs are linked with some of Europe’s biggest talent and with the European Championships also ongoing; no doubt many of the Premier League clubs will see this as a scouting mission for potential prospects.  

With a creative midfielder being the predominant area of need for a couple of the league’s top clubs, in demand players such as Sneijder and Schweinsteiger have the Championships to showcase their talents. Since the league is becoming tougher every year, for many sides it’s about looking to increase their chances of reaching the coveted European spots, as well as winning the title and prolonging their stay in the best league in the world. This would subsequently mean signing key individuals to add to a winning formula and with the money clubs like City, United, Liverpool and Chelsea have at their disposal, we can’t help but think they will be the benchmark of the big spenders again. With Chelsea already making their intentions known by bringing in the highly rated Eden Hazard for a fee in the region of £37million, beating out fellow title contenders in the process, it’s seemingly only a sign of things to come.

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