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Football: The big 4, more different than you think

By David Herman  

Tuesday’s Times (2nd December, p81) ran a very interesting set of figures which set out to show that the Big Four buy more players in the summer than in January. What was much more interesting, though, was what the figures revealed and the article didn’t focus on.

First, the sheer amount the Big Four have been spending in recent years. Chelsea almost £400m since 2003. Manchester United over £200m, Liverpool over £150m and Arsenal over £100m. The days when small clubs like Derby and Nottingham Forest could win the English league are pretty much over. Clubs like Newcastle, Tottenham and…

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