As Gareth Bale rather sheepishly strolled to collect his PFA Player of the Year award, rumours surrounding his potential move to Real Madrid, intensified drastically.
The Welshman has been at the centre of bids in the region of £85million, which in turn have promptly been rejected by Spurs.
Meanwhile, Liverpool hitman, Luis Suarez, has expressed his desire to leave Anfield, seemingly in order to play in the much-coveted Champions League. Wayne Rooney has also been linked with a move away from Manchester United, as Robin van Persie looks to be ahead of him in the pecking order.
One thing which all these transfer stories have in common is that none of their clubs will take the risk of selling their stars to another Premier League club, in order to prevent from their exports from dealing future damage to their former clubs.
Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham have all made it clear that in no situation would they sell to another English club, with Liverpool's John W. Henry claiming it would be "ludicrous" to sell to Arsenal, and Manchester United's board rejecting advances from Chelsea for their number ten.
Tottenham's Daniel Levy has quite the reputation of not selling his prized assets to teams in the same league, evidently shown by the way he treated Chelsea's interest in Luka Modric, with Levy rejecting bids worth up to £30million in order to ship the Croatian to Real Madrid.
In contrast, all these decisions may well damage English football in the bigger picture. Recently, high-profile switches such as Mario Gotze's much publicised switch from Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga rivals, Bayern Munich, has caused considerable uproar among BVB fans, however, Bundesliga fans in general may have cheered this signing with the league retaining one of their finest players.
While this may damage Dortmund's chances of competing against Bayern for the title, it increases the chances of a German outfit winning a major European cup.
As a consequence of English clubs' newly produced view of selling, the Premier League may lose some of its gloss, with its stellar names being forced to perform elsewhere.
A more suitable, but unlikely option for clubs would be to allow their big names to remain in the league. But this seems impossible as, quite rightly to be fair, board members and managers must do the best to protect their own team, rather than think of the better option for the country’s quality of football.
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