During the course of the last few seasons, Aviva Premiership clubs have not been afraid to compete with the likes of Toulon, Racing 92, and Clermont Auvergne in the transfer market.
Backed by a massive broadcasting deal signed with BT Sport in 2015, Premiership clubs attracted the likes of Kurtley Beale, Matt Toomua, Ben Te’o and Schalk Burger to England last summer.
Despite the fact that we may have only passed the half way point of the current season, this summer will prove to be no different, with the likes of Owen Williams and Matt Kvesic already snapped up by Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs respectively.
The constant speculation surrounding George Ford’s future underlines the competitive nature of the transfer market. Although the player has remained tight lipped on the subject, the Bath fly-half has been linked with any number of clubs during the past few months.
Indeed, if the 23 year-old does ultimately switch clubs, it could precipitate a game of musical chairs, whereby the incumbent fly-half at Ford’s new team could also be forced to move clubs and so on until one out-half is left standing out on his own before the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
While the likes of Saracens have moved quickly to sign Liam Williams, Wasps have remained uncharacteristically quiet and the Leicester Tigers’ focus will be focusing on employing a new Director of Rugby.
The lack of activity from Bristol and the Worcester Warriors can be attributed to their relegation dogfight, as the loser will not want to find themselves weighed down with a massive wage bill while playing rugby in the Championship next season.
So far Gloucester have been the most active team in the transfer market, as they look to build a squad that can challenge for a place in the top four. Nevertheless, most sides seem to be biding their time before playing their hand in the transfer market.
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