In recent years, the Premier League has become somewhat of a hunting ground for the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, however, Manchester United's impending acquisition of Paul Pogba could represent a turning of the tides in the transfer market.
In 2013, Real Madrid smashed the world record transfer fee to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hostpur. Bale was undoubtedly the best player in England at the time of his departure and the move highlighted just how Premier League clubs were struggling to compete with their foreign counterparts.
In the summer of 2014, Luis Suarez followed suit, signing for Barcelona in a move that completed the 'MSN' puzzle, a trio earmarked as perhaps the deadliest of all time. As Barca fans rejoiced, the Premier League lost, again, it's best player.
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Meanwhile, top Premier League clubs have splashed big money on castaways from the La Liga giants. Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Angel di Maria, Pedro, and the rest. Fantastic players in their own right, many thriving in the English game, but all deemed surplus to requirements at their former employers.
Fast forward to 2016 and Pogba is on the verge of moving to Manchester United in a deal which would be the first to break the £100 million mark.
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The Frenchman has won four consecutive Scudetto's with Juventus, but he and his agent Mino Raiola appear desperate to force a move to Old Trafford, who will be playing Europa League football next term.
Could this be a turning of the tides in the transfer market in favour of Premier League clubs?
This move is one that even the 'big two' in Spain can't gazump, nor the likes of Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich.
The Premier League is attracting a player who represents more than just his on-the-field abilities. According a recent study by SportsProMedia, Pogba is the second most marketable athlete on the planet, seconded only by NBA MVP Steph Curry.
Pogba is a titan of his generation, accompanying footballing genius with a brand that cannot be matched by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or any other footballer on the planet.
Perhaps English football is no longer a hunting ground, and perhaps clubs such as Manchester United are becoming the hunters.
Rival fans despairing at Pogba's imminent arrival at Old Trafford should rest easy knowing that the Premier League has the financial strength and appeal that can attract the very best footballers out there.
Can the Premier League still beat the La Liga duo to transfers? Have YOUR say on the debate in the comment section below!
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