Transfer market - limits of hyperinflation - sports
Even the biggest clubs get into turmoil when a costly transfer goes awry. But the excesses may lessen - the Coutinho deal can be interpreted as evidence.
A former German national player is told in his former club that he was not a gifted motorist. That would not be worth telling, but the story becomes interesting because the man in his fleet had collected half a dozen expensive sports cars. If one of those cars was to be maneuvered out of a narrow gap in the players' car park, then he had to ask a colleague if he would do it for him.
In professional football, there are many cases that show how much money can do a lot of nonsense. One does not need to interpret the players, who are often untouched by the seriousness of life - it is the companies themselves, the so-called clubs, who fool them. From one of these cases now benefits Bayern with the acquisition of the attacker Philippe Coutinho. The conditions of this lending business has been announced by FC Barcelona itself: The Munich pay a rental fee and take over Coutinho's salary, the latter, however, is not to be compared with ordinary million-salaries, not even with the multi-million dollar salaries of other Bayern players. By June 2020, Coutinho is expected to cost the club an estimated 30 million euros. Lots of money for a guest appearance, but considering the market value and the conditions that prevail in the unleashed industry, a good trade.
The Coutinho deal can even be interpreted as evidence that hyperinflation on the player market could have reached its limits. Even the greatest of the big ones among the clubs are in danger of being damaged by the growths. Although there have been a number of transactions involving more than € 100 million this summer (Antoine Griezmann / FC Barcelona, Joao Felix / Atlético Madrid, Eden Hazard / Real Madrid), there are also cases in which Big clubs are in trouble due to unsuccessful speculation.
The superstar business works, though superstars work
FC Barcelona is one of those affected, Paris St. Germain is another, two clubs that have been pushing prices up through unrestrained spending and now have to pay for it. While Barcelona cuts costs with Coutinho's sale at a friendly price, Paris is waiting for someone to come and pick up Neymar. PSG could use it, but you do not want it anymore - apart from the regrettable coach Thomas Tuchel. But who is to bring back the 222 million that Neymar cost two years ago? Real Madrid? Has already spent 300 million for Hazard, Jovic, Militao, Mendy and Rodrygo and will not let go of surplus boarders like Gareth Bale or James because normal clubs can not pay them. Barcelona? Has already spent 200 million for Griezmann and de Jong and is still suffering from the insane price that Borussia Dortmund received for Ousmane Dembélé. So far, Dembélé was for Barca a sporty bad investment with high loss of value.
The superstar business works, though superstars work. Then even the huge costs pay off. But when things go wrong, like Coutinho, Dembélé and Neymar, even the giants get into turmoil and even into economic constraints.
This does not mean that prices will soon decline, only the excesses may decrease. Good players continue to be traded, it's worth it if they're the right ones. When Liverpool FC paid fables for Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker in 2018, concerns were high. But thanks to the specialists van Dijk and Alisson, the club won the Champions League in May. Incidentally, this summer Liverpool has officially spent only two million for transfers - and is again leaders of the Premier League.