Premier League transfer fees are only heading one way.
Apart from at Newcastle United of course, still proud owners of a 13 year old transfer record…
Along with Premier League transfer fees, wages are also guaranteed to rise at a similar rate.
Next month (February 2018), the UK TV rights winners to broadcast Premier League live games will be announced.
The overseas rights are already known to be increasing, with many of those deals (country by country) already signed up, the only doubt is by how much those will increase overall.
The UK rights see more matches than ever, for the first time a majority, to be shown live, so an increase in revenue is surely set to happen.
The players will expect/demand their share of the increased revenues and what seems crazy wages one day, becomes dwarfed by what happens down the line.
The protracted swap deal has now gone through, with Arsenal now having Mkhitaryan and Sanchez on the books of Manchester United.
The Mancs were held to ransom by the player of course, who in the end sickened even Manchester City with his greed, ensuring he ended up at Old Trafford.
In the process becoming the best paid player at Manchester United and indeed in the entire Premier League.
The Times have put together this interesting report showing who is the top earner at each Premier League club now:
As you can see, they have Jonjo Shelvey as the top earner at Newcastle United on £80,000 a week. Having signed for Liverpool, then moving on to another Premier League club in Swansea as an England international, before joining yet another Premier League club in NUFC – little wonder he is top earner at St James Park.
Whilst Newcastle’s top earner is in a similar band to many others such as Stoke, Watford, West Ham and Watford, I doubt many other Newcastle players earn anything close to what Shelvey gets, whereas with those type of clubs now regularly paying more for players than NUFC – the wages will surely have moved on for many of their highest earners as well.
Journalists friendly to Newcastle United are claiming that a £20m striker signing is imminent before the end of the month, which if it happens would surely make that new player Newcastle’s highest earner.
Can anybody seriously see that happening when Newcastle are in the middle of a relegation fight…?