Dr David Webber expert on the political economy of sport in the Political and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick comments on Manchester United's re-signing of France midfielder Paul Pogba for a world-record £89m.
‘Premier league is the money league, it’s the richest league in the world as demonstrated by this deal. This deal is a statement of intent by Manchester United after several years of underperformance. This is a big bid to get back to the top of the Premier league table;. However, it’s also a massive gamble, what next for United if it does not pay off given that Pogba is massively over-valued?
‘This inflation within the premier league is fuelled by the extremely lucrative TV broadcasting rights deal. The deal will benefit clubs across the league, especially the larger clubs who are already spending big money. From a performance point of view this could lead to the reestablishment of the top 4, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
‘The benefits are far reaching as the rights deal enables the premiere league to reach new counties that do not necessarily have an established football culture.’
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