El Southampton, 160 million euros in sales
Footballers come and go, They are professionals of the ball as a general rule seek to sign a lucrative contract to provide them with life after withdrawal. Summers are transformed into a global "Wall Street" where teams seek to get a slice, both economically and soccer. Historically some clubs are more sellers, others as a general rule acquire more names than they transfer, but if anyone takes the cake this summer that is Southampton. The mythical English team must hurry up and try to sign a player because the balance of sales and purchases does not add up. So far there is 8 low, without adding the coach's, by 3 tall. Time is running out but the British team's board does not seem to be in a hurry to invest the 160 million raised.
After the spectacular start of the Saints league and their meritorious final eighth place in the last Premier, many of their players were placed in the international shooting. After becoming the revelation team, some of its players even attended the World Cup in Brazil; For example, Lovren, Lallana, Lambert o Shaw. We are facing one of the best quarries in the world and without a doubt the best in England in recent years. Southampton to this day have raised a whopping 160 million euros this summer, becoming the team in Europe that has earned the most money in sales.
Mauricio Pochetinno was the first to jump ship and commit to Tottenham Hopstur, a team called to fight for Europe, with more budget and with more world-class players, and with him went the French Morgan Schneiderlin. Behind them, one by one they have been dating until 8 players who last year catapulted the image of Southampton and made half the world notice them.
Luke Shaw was traded to Van Gaal's Manchester United for 40 millions of euros, thus becoming one of the most expensive defenders in history and creating the first dispute between the Dutch coach and the always controversial Mou. The very young English full-back was followed by Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, Rickie Lambert and homegrown players Adam Lallana and Jay Rodríguez. As if that weren't enough Calum Chambers, also fruit of the Saints quarry, He has signed for Wenger's Arsenal and the last to leave the team has been the Argentine Osvaldo in the direction of Inter Milan.
A dismantled team based on a checkbook, a team in the frame that will now be led by the Dutch Ronald Koeman. A very difficult mission ahead, rebuild a team that last year almost sneaked into Europe for the first time in its history. So far only three footballers have signed, Ryan Bertrand, the forward Graziano Pelle and the Serbian Dusan Tadic and there is not little work ahead of the new visible face of the coastal project.
However the coffers of the club are far from empty, Although that doesn't seem to matter too much to former NHL manager Ralph Krueger and Katharina Liebehrr, daughter of former owner Markus Liebehrr who passed away in 2010. The current directors of the project after the departure of Nicola Cortese in January have relegated sports to the background and have set economic goals as their goal. Said and done, history has become profitable overnight and Southampton have become richer than anyone this summer. There is nothing impossible but it seems more than complicated that Koeman can surpass Pochetinno after the scare of the team's flagships.