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Staggering transfer fees are destroying the beautiful game

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Liquidity has shook the landscape of the footballing world this summer and it has evoked the age old thesis that this financial exploitation of the system could have severe consequences on the future of the game. 

The recklessness, indifferent attitude and manipulation of the transfer market used and perhaps abused by the world's top teams is certainly not a new problem. 

Clubs who have come into new found opulence find the temptation of brandishing their power all too alluring and teams defensively inflate prices in a desperate attempt to protect their assets.

However not only clubs with now established riches are guilty of this, Real Madrid and Barcelona attracted arguably the most attention this past summer by splashing a reported £86million and £49million on Gareth Bale and Neymar respectively.

Former Los Merengues galactico Zinedine Zidane who is currently assistant at the club has publicly came out and openly admitted that such sums aren't purely representational of value but sadly down to the state of the game. 

"Ten years ago, they bought me for 75 million euros and I said I wasn't worth it," said Zidane.

"Today, I tend to say a player isn't worth that. Two clubs agree on a price and no-one is forcing the other to do anything. 

"That's football. Unfortunately, its incomprehensible with whats happening today to pay so much." 

Opinions within football appear to be divided with some condemning the direction taken as detrimental to the sport in the long term, while others have defended it by stating that as vast as the fees are the money is remaining within the circle.

The strategic aggression taken by Madrid in their relentless pursuit of the already mentioned Bale deeply upset Tottenham Hotspur's chairman Daniel Levy who expressed his dismay with the tactics used.

"Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling," declared Levy

"Such has been the attention from Real Madrid and so great is Gareth Bale's desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season." 

It was thought that Uefa's carefully yet slightly flawed concept of Financial Fair Play would help constrain these problems and assist teams in transforming the state of affairs from this perspective into positive profits for the organisations but unfortunately it seems to be worsening. 

The difficult issue is that there isn't any clear antidote that will counter this parasitical like effect. The fear is that the gulf between clubs will eliminate one of the most essential facets of football which is competition from smaller teams built from within via the youth system and low budget spending. 

What approach should be taken to battle this? 

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