With the closing of the transfer window for English Premier League clubs, it seems as though it's going to be another record-breaking summer for money spent on players. Collectively, Sky Sports and BT Sports have paid £5.14bn pounds for the rights to screen Premier League games over the next three years. That means that the clubs in the UK's top flight are richer than ever, but it also means that they are being held to ransom by European clubs.

This year's outlay by clubs in the Premier League reached an astounding £1.165bn. It is the first time in the league's history that clubs have spent over £1bn.

In this article I am going to focus on a couple of transfer deals that were hugely inflated, beginning with the sale of French international Paul pogba to Manchester United from Juventusand the sale of English defender John Stones from Everton to Manchester City. Both signings took place on the same day and by arguably two of the league's richest clubs.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba was allowed to leave for free in 2012 and joined Italian top flight club Juventus. Fast-forward 4 years and after a successful summer at the European Championships in France, he was the subject of a world record €105m (£89.3m) transfer back to Manchester United. His signing eclipsed that of Gareth Bale by Real Madrid, who was previously the world's most expensive player.

John Stones

Defender John Stones signed for Manchester City from Everton for a deal with £47.5m plus add-ons. In doing so the deal made him the world's second most expensive defender, behind David Luizwho has recently re-joined Chelsea from Paris St Germain. Although the singing of John Stones by Man City is a domestic one, this time, it still highlights the spending power of English clubs.

In both of these deals and indeed throughout this summer's transfer window, European clubs have seen that English Premier League are willing to spend big money on players in order to increase their profile and indeed their chance of winning Europe's biggest club competition, The Uefa Champions League.

With TV rights continuing to rise and sponsorship deals going the same way, this trend isn't going to stop. What do you think clubs need to do to bring transfer fees down? Should they bother?.

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