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High of the flops
After Arsenal agreed to farm out Nicolas Pepe on mortgage to Good, a rare sample of switch exercise was accomplished this summer season.
It meant that Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and the Gunners have all allowed their club-record signings — who value a mixed £313.5million — to depart with no single penny being recouped in switch charges.
There may be little shock that these 4 members of England’s ‘Massive Six’ have been left trailing within the wake of Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool in current seasons, with such haphazard and shambolic recruitment.
And no marvel that golf equipment on the continent discuss of ‘silly English cash’, understanding they will fleece filthy-rich Premier League sides available in the market.
First, United’s £89m man Paul Pogba was allowed to depart Outdated Trafford for Juventus on a free — for a second time — after a largely depressing six-year spell for the French World Cup winner.
Then Chelsea despatched £97.5m Romelu Lukaku again to Inter Milan, after a single season at Stamford Bridge, for a modest mortgage charge of £7m — so determined was Thomas Tuchel to get the large Belgian striker out of the constructing.
Final week, Spurs loaned their costliest recruit, Tanguy Ndombele — a £55m purchase from Lyon in 2019 — to Napoli. There may be an choice, however no obligation, for the Italian membership to purchase the French midfielder subsequent summer season.
And Pepe’s mortgage transfer to Good completes the set.