The modern transfer market is heavily inflated which is why players that are highly coveted are tagged with colossal sums. This is evident in the amount spent by clubs in signing their transfer targets.
Manchester United and City rivals Man City were the biggest spenders in the last transfer window. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has a somewhat dropped the ball on Mourinho and Guardiola for their transfer activities, claiming that spending big does not translate into success, per report.
Jose Mourinho shattered the transfer record of the world and signed on Paul Pogba from Juventus for a whopping £84m among other signings which reduced the warchest of the Red Devils by £149.55m. Guardiola who inherited a team from Pellegrini doled £174.05m to reinforce his team, which saw them as the highest spenders in the window.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte also bolstered his squad but his spending did not exceed £123.45 million on four players. The Blues’ are currently in the running for a Premier League and FA Cup double despite spending less. The aforementioned managers are in the first season with their respective clubs, they are still expected to bolster their squad when the transfer window comes alive.
Conte was quizzed on his opinion of if United and City are expected to spend big in the transfer window and he responded as thus:
“Yes, like every year. You’ve seen the past. You can see that every season they spend a lot of money.
‘I don’t want to go into the situation of the other teams, other clubs, other managers. Every single club decides their own strategy. But, if you ask me, this season isn’t the only season the Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money.
‘Look at the past. It’s normal for them. It’s right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title.’
He had initially stated that spending big is not tantamount to success when he said.
‘I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends more money who wins,’ said Conte.
Chelsea are favourite to clinch the title as they sit comfortable at the zenith of the Premier League log with six more games to go. Man United and Man City are battling to end the season in the first quartet of the table, United have a chance to qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa competition while City only trophy would be Champions League qualification.
Arsene Wenger has always been an advocate of modesty in the transfer market but he has not fared better than his counterpart that have spent big.