Moneyball

Spiralling transfer fees show no signs of abating

Chelsea's new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who arrived from Spanish club Athletic Bilbao for a world-record £72 million, during their 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday. The previous record fee of £65 million held by Liverpool's Alisson had sto
Chelsea's new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who arrived from Spanish club Athletic Bilbao for a world-record £72 million, during their 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday. The previous record fee of £65 million held by Liverpool's Alisson had stood for barely three weeks.PHOTO: REUTERS

Global football is no longer just about sport. Money matters, and in a big way. In the first of an eight-part series, our contributor looks at the transfer market. Trend fuelled by soaring prize and TV rights money, sponsorships as well as capital inflow

The 2018 summer transfer window is one of the most intriguing windows yet for analysts, after the English Premier League (EPL) clubs voted to shorten the transfer period to end before the season starts.

First, this was a World Cup year which made doing business for the big-name players a little bit more troublesome, as nations did not allow their stars to get distracted during the tournament.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2018, with the headline 'Spiralling transfer fees show no signs of abating'. Print Edition | Subscribe