Liverpool suffer disruption in transfer market as Premier League follows ‘with interest’

Every summer there tends to be a disruptive force in football’s ecosystem where the transfer market continues to see growth through a club’s willingness to spend.

While Barcelona, ​​still affected by financial problems exacerbated by the pandemic, have not been able to be the team to strengthen others in the market, and with Real Madrid, despite their signing of Jude Bellingham, not able to be the financial force they were, there have been others to try to fill this void.

In previous seasons, it has been Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and, last summer, Chelsea, who have driven the value of players through higher and higher spending. In the case of Chelsea in the summer 2022 and January 2023 windows, it had a major impact on the market due to the scale of the money spent, with the club shelling out more than £600 million on new additions and offering long contracts of up to nine years to spread the amortized annual costs, a move that forced UEFA to respond with new, non-aligned regulations this summer.

This summer, however, has been the summer of the Saudis.

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Saudi Arabia has for some time sought to increase its global influence and diversify its sources of income through sports, predominantly football. The takeover of Newcastle United in 2021 by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) was mired in controversy due to the fact that a nation state had acquired a football club, one that had a long history of human rights abuses.

Earlier this year it was announced that PIF had bought the four biggest teams in Saudi; Al-Nassr, Al-Ittihad, Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. The idea behind the purchases was to support the clubs to grow into much larger organizations that could be sustainable large businesses. However, to support this effort, a huge amount of money has been poured into the Saudi Pro League and the big four clubs to attract top talent and the eyes, ears and interest of football fans around the world.

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