Jose Mourinho has declared that Chelsea's Premier League rivals are trying to "buy" the title this season.
They're rich words coming from the manager and club who arguably revolutionised the English transfer market when Roman Abramovich bought the London club and increased their wealth ten fold.
Money money money
However, this season Mourinho appears to be more content with his squad and has not made many signings. The same cannot be said about Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
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All three of these clubs have spent massive amounts of money this transfer window. City's marquee signing has been the £49million capture of Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling.
On the other hand, both Liverpool and United have bought many players in a bid to bolster their squads and guarantee a more successful season in 2015/16 than the last.
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The Manchester clubs at fault?
Mourinho has criticised these clubs, stating that they are trying to "buy the title". He is absolutely right with regards to United. Already the Red Devils have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin.
These signings are problematic as arguably United are not putting enough resources into giving their young players time in the first-team. Van Gaal is on a mission to acquire a team of stars in order to win the Premier League this coming season.
Meanwhile City signing Sterling was a purchase made in order to fill the homegrown player quotas that have been devised by FIFA. City have not had enough homegrown players in their squad and therefore manager Manuel Pellegrini felt it necessary to raid Liverpool and rob them of one of the top young English talents rather than put faith into his academy players.
It is unfortunate for clubs like Liverpool and Aston Villa, who have seen their top players poached by the biggest clubs in the Premier League in order to fill quotas. What is even worse is that arguably the fans of both City and United will lose touch with their squads, as there is no homegrown talent to identify with.
Yes, it is fantastic for these clubs' fans that they can purchase the top players in world football. These are the players who have attracted such a global audience to English football and made it arguably the most exciting league in the world. But without putting time and effort into blooding their young players and giving them first team experience it will be detrimental in the long run.
Pellegrini has however brought a good group of young players on their pre-season tour this summer. The problem however remains as to how many of these players will see first-team action once the Premier League begins on August 8.
The youngest inclusion is 16-year-old Cameron Humphreys. Kelechi Iheanacho was also brought. He is a youngster who is highly regarded at the Etihad Stadium, but whether he can break into the first-team remains to be seen.
The blame game
What must also be argued is that it is not just the managers who are to blame. Current trends in football mean that it is a win-at-all-costs game. Therefore to be able to compete with the biggest clubs in the world these teams must attract the top players in world football. However, this is a detriment for the academy players in these clubs who may not ever play a game for the first-team.
The only club in the top four who has bucked this trend is Arsenal, and this is down to their manager Arsene Wenger. On numerous occasions he has put faith in his young players and trusted them.
Many mistakes have being made along the way but these mistakes are arguably only helping them to improve. Players such as Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin, who were once not thought highly of by the Arsenal fans, are now key member of the first team. Their careers are indebted to the faith put in them by Wenger.
In this respect Mourinho declaring that these other clubs are trying to 'buy the title' is a hypocritical statement. Although the Blues boss may not have signed many players this summer, he bought the main core of his current squad in previous seasons.
Chelsea fans, Arsenal fans, do you think Mourinho's comments are hypocritical? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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