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English Clubs’ Spending A Worry For La Liga Giants Barcelona

As the dust settles on a record spending transfer window for Premier League clubs, rumblings of discontent are already emanating from the continent.

It is hardly surprising that European clubs outside of England are looking on with a mixture of jealousy and fear at the exorbitant spending by Premier League teams this summer.

Even the biggest European clubs seem somewhat rattled at the prospect of this new era of English dominance, with ESPN reporting that Barcelona feel the current Financial Fair Play model needs some adapting.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal goes down under the tackle from Neymar of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

This injection of course comes from the well-documented recent television deal for the rights to broadcast Premier League matches. Even the team that finishes bottom of the table is now going to receive a substantial windfall of £97 million, with the champions making £146 million from it.

This relative safety net that every club now has means that even some of the smaller clubs are willing to part with a lot of cash as shown by only three clubs having a positive net spend while clubs like Watford and West Ham have each spent over £50 million.

Now Barcelona have requested that UEFA make some kind of allowance for the extra funding that Premier League sides have access to in their Financial Fair Play regulations.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: TV cameras before the Premier League match between Burnley and Cardiff City at Turf Moor on August 13, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)
TV cameras before the Premier League match between Burnley and Cardiff City at Turf Moor on August 13, 2016 in Burnley, England. 

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Albert Soler, Barcelona’s director of professional sports, spoke to the media at a press conference this week about how the financial landscape has changed since 2009 when the regulations were first introduced.

He believes “UEFA and FIFA have to implement a way of regulating [spending],” and that “when FFP was created, the Premier League didn’t have as much money as it does now, so it needs to be adapted. It’s not normal that there are such big differences.”

He then clearly alluded to the record transfer of Paul Pogba as being a prime example of how inflated the market has become solely due to English clubs.

“If it continues like this, with one club able to spend €120m on one player, it’s going to cost more and more all the time to get the best players.

“Our most expensive recent signing was Luis Suarez and even then the club had to make economic adjustments.”

Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena

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