Premier League flexes financial muscle but Spain and Italy struggle

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Ed Aarons

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England’s top clubs have spent £1.35bn in the transfer window but smaller teams, and rival European leagues, face problems

After a summer in which it brokered the deal that made Jack Grealish the first British player sold for £100m, even for ICM Stellar Sports the final hours of the transfer window on Tuesday were especially busy. Daniel James was unveiled as a Leeds United player after leaving Manchester United for £24m just as another client – the 18-year-old France international Eduardo Camavinga – signed a six‑year deal with Real Madrid.

As the 11pm deadline approached, there was also confirmation that two more Stellar clients – Saúl Ñíguez and Odsonne Édouard – had completed their moves to Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively, with Premier League clubs spending around £1.35bn on transfer fees since the window opened in June. So much for English football’s bubble being burst by the withdrawal from the European Union and Covid.

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