Betting Spy: Football transfer fees are now pure fantasy

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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Football finances parted company with reality a long time ago but things look like they will get even crazier as the transfer deadline looms.

Football now reminds me of an Abba song
Football now reminds me of an Abba song

Neymar set a new bar at £200m with his transfer from Barcelona to PSG.

And that seems to have lifted prices for everyone to the point where Man City look like they will have to cough-up £30m to West Brom for Jonny Evans.

Now Evans is a perfectly sound Premier League centre back. But that makes assembling a squad a very expensive game.

Fantasy Premier League used to be just that – fantasy – with a transfer budget of £100m.

Now you’d struggle to put together a back four with that sort of transfer kitty.

Liverpool meanwhile are trying to hold off Barcelona’s interest in Philippe Coutinho as the Spaniards prepare a £136m bid.

Yep, that’s right, £136m for a player Liverpool bought for £8.5m in 2013.

If player inflation keeps up at that rate West Ham might even get their money back on Robert Snodgrass.

Talking of money – now would be a good time to break Betting Spy’s blank start to the season.

Our two trebles have been a tad ambitious so far so let’s stick to a nice win double to get some points on the board.

Liverpool at home to Arsenal look a decent bet at odds against.

Wenger’s men have already failed on the road at Stoke and could wilt again at Anfield.

Watford meanwhile are playing some good stuff under new manager Marco Silva and should have too much for Brighton.

The home win double pays 3/1 which will do for me this weekend.

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