Bournemouth have signed Ipswich left-back Tyrone Mings in a deal worth £8 million for the East Anglian club.
The transfer of Mings to newly-promoted Bournemouth, in a week where the England Under-21s were unceremoniously dumped out of the Euros, is a deal which has raised many collective eyebrows - and has equally amplified the already raucous calls for a change to the English game.
The proposed deal for Mings, a former Southampton academy player, could potentially see the East Anglian side collect up to £8 million for a player whom only a handful of years ago was plying his trade in the lower reaches of non league football for Chippenham Town, and who has never played higher than Championship level.
This is then, on the face of it, another glaring example of extortionately priced British talent to add to the rapidly increasing list which includes players such as Ross McCormack, Luke Shaw and perhaps in the weeks to come, Raheem Sterling.
With these deal in particular, when compared to Everton's recent capture of Gerard Deulofeu , a graduate from Barcelona's esteemed 'La Masia' academy, for a measly £4 million, looking nothing short of daylight robbery.
English players overpriced?
However in British football we are currently stuck in somewhat of a vicious circle; for if Eddie Howe had chosen, similarly to Southampton - Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon - to go abroad and sign a full-back, he'd be in danger of being seen to be perpetuating the cycle of bringing in cheap imports, thus not allowing English talent to thrive in the top league.
It's this issue in particular which has been placed under increased scrutiny this week with the England Under-21 side which lost 3-1 to Italy containing only four players in the starting 11 who played regular Premier League football last year- Harry Kane, Danny Ings, John Stones and Carl Jenkinson.
However simultaneously, there are also those who consistently bemoan the overpricing of English players, evidenced by Rio Ferdinand's recent tweet which stated 'English players are so overpriced right now', thus leaving the impossible dilemma of whether to buy cheaply abroad, or to buy British for a premium.
In conclusion then, the transfer of Mings will once again add fuel to the burning fire of debate that is the state of English football, and the inflated fees of English, and Premier League, players in general.
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