How do Luke Shaw's and Adam Lallana's deals compare to previous Southampton transfer sales?

How do Sahw's and Lallana's deal compare to previous Saints transfers?

How do Sahw's and Lallana's deal compare to previous Saints transfers?

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The graph below shows how the mega-money deals of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana compare to previous transfers.

Although Adam Lallana's move to Liverpool is yet to finalised, it looks virtually done, hence its inclusion on the table.

The adjusted figures are based on an average of three per cent inflation in each year since the original deal took place, and then rounded.

Alan Shearer's move to Blackburn Rovers is included as it was the British record at the time in 1992.

That deal demonstrates the difference in inflation between the Premier League and the 'real world'.

If Premier League transfer deals had only increased by roughly the rate of inflation in the economy at large, that deal would be less than £7m today.

Instead, the record deal between two British clubs currently stands at £50m, which Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.

Gareth Bale's £85.3m move to Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 is the biggest deal involving a British club.

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5:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

Who cares,pointless bloody article
Go and review the latest digital camera or something
Who cares,pointless bloody article Go and review the latest digital camera or something bullsbags
  • Score: -11

6:47pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Zootopian says...

bullsbags wrote:
Who cares,pointless bloody article
Go and review the latest digital camera or something
What a moronic comment. The headline was quite clear what the article was about.

As an aside, I think it's quite an interesting comparision - especially the stuff about Shearer only being £7m in today's money.

However, fuckwit of the day award goes to bullsbag, I guess.
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: Who cares,pointless bloody article Go and review the latest digital camera or something[/p][/quote]What a moronic comment. The headline was quite clear what the article was about. As an aside, I think it's quite an interesting comparision - especially the stuff about Shearer only being £7m in today's money. However, fu[b][/b]ckwit of the day award goes to bullsbag, I guess. Zootopian
  • Score: 22

7:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

NC Fan4Life says...

DE you are missing the main story here.
Up to now the players were being sold because financially we needed to.
Every season we needed to sell one for £5 or £6m to balance the finances.

Now we don't need to sell any this season, we sell 3 and we get much more for them.

Not sure where this is taking us other than backwards to go forwards again. Then just as we build to challenge the top clubs again we will sell.

Basically we have some ambition to be a Premiership club but not to be a top six one, so settle for mid-table. This is the realisation that Nicola, MoPo, Ricky, Luke & Adam have come to.

Still at least we are better off than we have been since before Rupert's time.
DE you are missing the main story here. Up to now the players were being sold because financially we needed to. Every season we needed to sell one for £5 or £6m to balance the finances. Now we don't need to sell any this season, we sell 3 and we get much more for them. Not sure where this is taking us other than backwards to go forwards again. Then just as we build to challenge the top clubs again we will sell. Basically we have some ambition to be a Premiership club but not to be a top six one, so settle for mid-table. This is the realisation that Nicola, MoPo, Ricky, Luke & Adam have come to. Still at least we are better off than we have been since before Rupert's time. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: -4

7:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

theres a tipping point between making good money from player sales and having a detrimental effect on the squad.
I wouldn't mind so much if we had players already in the squad to step into the gaps left by Lallana, Shaw and Lambert going. But we don't.

that worries me.

So I'm hoping and praying that these sales have happened because the club have identified replacements and are in advanced talks behind closed doors to sign them.
theres a tipping point between making good money from player sales and having a detrimental effect on the squad. I wouldn't mind so much if we had players already in the squad to step into the gaps left by Lallana, Shaw and Lambert going. But we don't. that worries me. So I'm hoping and praying that these sales have happened because the club have identified replacements and are in advanced talks behind closed doors to sign them. Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 7

7:07pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Zootopian says...

NC Fan4Life wrote:
DE you are missing the main story here.
Up to now the players were being sold because financially we needed to.
Every season we needed to sell one for £5 or £6m to balance the finances.

Now we don't need to sell any this season, we sell 3 and we get much more for them.

Not sure where this is taking us other than backwards to go forwards again. Then just as we build to challenge the top clubs again we will sell.

Basically we have some ambition to be a Premiership club but not to be a top six one, so settle for mid-table. This is the realisation that Nicola, MoPo, Ricky, Luke & Adam have come to.

Still at least we are better off than we have been since before Rupert's time.
Cortese left the club with a £22m bill for players that had to be settled this summer, a training ground which more than doubled in price - and that's before you factor in how much he took out of the club in salary and expenses.

He jumped before he was pushed.

Also, he only faced one real transfer bid for a Saints player - Chamberlain. Who he sold.

We're selling now because players want to leave - the same reason Liverpool sold Torres, Man United sold Ronaldo, Arsenal sold Van Persie.

It's not a lack of ambition - it's just how football works.
[quote][p][bold]NC Fan4Life[/bold] wrote: DE you are missing the main story here. Up to now the players were being sold because financially we needed to. Every season we needed to sell one for £5 or £6m to balance the finances. Now we don't need to sell any this season, we sell 3 and we get much more for them. Not sure where this is taking us other than backwards to go forwards again. Then just as we build to challenge the top clubs again we will sell. Basically we have some ambition to be a Premiership club but not to be a top six one, so settle for mid-table. This is the realisation that Nicola, MoPo, Ricky, Luke & Adam have come to. Still at least we are better off than we have been since before Rupert's time.[/p][/quote]Cortese left the club with a £22m bill for players that had to be settled this summer, a training ground which more than doubled in price - and that's before you factor in how much he took out of the club in salary and expenses. He jumped before he was pushed. Also, he only faced one real transfer bid for a Saints player - Chamberlain. Who he sold. We're selling now because players want to leave - the same reason Liverpool sold Torres, Man United sold Ronaldo, Arsenal sold Van Persie. It's not a lack of ambition - it's just how football works. Zootopian
  • Score: 20

7:21pm Fri 27 Jun 14

durhamsaint87 says...

£60,000,000 is not to be sniffed at. Provided the club uses this to reinvest then we are still going to be a force, if not this season to come then the season after. RK has the experience to gel together a team of pro's and youth from our world famous academy. Yes, we have lost a good part of our team and maybe there is more to follow, but with the right signings we can still look forward to a season of ups rather then downs.
£60,000,000 is not to be sniffed at. Provided the club uses this to reinvest then we are still going to be a force, if not this season to come then the season after. RK has the experience to gel together a team of pro's and youth from our world famous academy. Yes, we have lost a good part of our team and maybe there is more to follow, but with the right signings we can still look forward to a season of ups rather then downs. durhamsaint87
  • Score: 6

7:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

So we get left with the CR*P , Shame we cant sell Gaston & Danni , for a profit. Lets hope Ronnie BUYS BUYS BUYS , and S.F.C. can rise from the ASHES
So we get left with the CR*P , Shame we cant sell Gaston & Danni , for a profit. Lets hope Ronnie BUYS BUYS BUYS , and S.F.C. can rise from the ASHES SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -13

7:58pm Fri 27 Jun 14

markodarko29 says...

All I know is if we sell all our best players which we are doing at the moment we need to sign some bloody good players to replace them ,I hope I'm wrong but it could be lovren and sneiderland next ,were be down to the bare bones,
All I know is if we sell all our best players which we are doing at the moment we need to sign some bloody good players to replace them ,I hope I'm wrong but it could be lovren and sneiderland next ,were be down to the bare bones, markodarko29
  • Score: -5

9:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

Zootopian wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
Who cares,pointless bloody article
Go and review the latest digital camera or something
What a moronic comment. The headline was quite clear what the article was about.

As an aside, I think it's quite an interesting comparision - especially the stuff about Shearer only being £7m in today's money.

However, fuckwit of the day award goes to bullsbag, I guess.
Hello ****
I'll tell you why it's a pointless article
Now are you concentrating? The money in the game has risen ten or twenty fold,mainly due to Murdoch ,so quoting inflation at 3% when your talking about the premier league is pointless
Now if we are talking about a loaf of bread it would be different
Now do you understand
By the way Shearer would be worth 50 million today not 7
[quote][p][bold]Zootopian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: Who cares,pointless bloody article Go and review the latest digital camera or something[/p][/quote]What a moronic comment. The headline was quite clear what the article was about. As an aside, I think it's quite an interesting comparision - especially the stuff about Shearer only being £7m in today's money. However, fu[b][/b]ckwit of the day award goes to bullsbag, I guess.[/p][/quote]Hello **** I'll tell you why it's a pointless article Now are you concentrating? The money in the game has risen ten or twenty fold,mainly due to Murdoch ,so quoting inflation at 3% when your talking about the premier league is pointless Now if we are talking about a loaf of bread it would be different Now do you understand By the way Shearer would be worth 50 million today not 7 bullsbags
  • Score: -18

9:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

White and red till dead says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
So we get left with the CR*P , Shame we cant sell Gaston & Danni , for a profit. Lets hope Ronnie BUYS BUYS BUYS , and S.F.C. can rise from the ASHES
A bit disrespectful to Jose, Nat, Jack, Morgan, J-Rod, Callum... don't you think?
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: So we get left with the CR*P , Shame we cant sell Gaston & Danni , for a profit. Lets hope Ronnie BUYS BUYS BUYS , and S.F.C. can rise from the ASHES[/p][/quote]A bit disrespectful to Jose, Nat, Jack, Morgan, J-Rod, Callum... don't you think? White and red till dead
  • Score: 15

10:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

markodarko29 wrote:
All I know is if we sell all our best players which we are doing at the moment we need to sign some bloody good players to replace them ,I hope I'm wrong but it could be lovren and sneiderland next ,were be down to the bare bones,
Why sell Gaston if he steps up and stays injury free he could turn into a great player
Osvaldo get rid
[quote][p][bold]markodarko29[/bold] wrote: All I know is if we sell all our best players which we are doing at the moment we need to sign some bloody good players to replace them ,I hope I'm wrong but it could be lovren and sneiderland next ,were be down to the bare bones,[/p][/quote]Why sell Gaston if he steps up and stays injury free he could turn into a great player Osvaldo get rid bullsbags
  • Score: 3

11:59pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Dan Kerins says...

Dear bulls bags, I'm sorry you don't like the article however you seemed to have somewhat missed the point.

The raw increase transfer fees alone make it clear that inflation in football is different to the economy at large - that's a given and is quite obvious, hence the reason it has not been explicitly spelt out above by me. The point of this article is to show by how much that disparity has grown, using the large figures Saints are currently getting as a yardstick.

I'm not saying Alan Shearer would command a £7m fee today - I'm saying that £3.6m is worth only £7m today. This is why the current transfer records have also been included in the article - to indicate the sort of fee that he could have gone for should that move have happened in the here and now.

In a nutshell, I thought some be might be interested in something a little different. The popularity of the article suggests that to be the case.

Getting angry and abusive isn't going to change the fact Saints have sold Shaw and that Lallana is on the verge of going - after all, it's not me that told them to go.

If ever you have any questions about an article, please feel free to ask in the comments or even drop me an email. Don't however, start getting angry and abusive with me or other readers - it's not very nice.

All the best,

Dan Kerins, digital camera correspondent.
Dear bulls bags, I'm sorry you don't like the article however you seemed to have somewhat missed the point. The raw increase transfer fees alone make it clear that inflation in football is different to the economy at large - that's a given and is quite obvious, hence the reason it has not been explicitly spelt out above by me. The point of this article is to show by how much that disparity has grown, using the large figures Saints are currently getting as a yardstick. I'm not saying Alan Shearer would command a £7m fee today - I'm saying that £3.6m is worth only £7m today. This is why the current transfer records have also been included in the article - to indicate the sort of fee that he could have gone for should that move have happened in the here and now. In a nutshell, I thought some be might be interested in something a little different. The popularity of the article suggests that to be the case. Getting angry and abusive isn't going to change the fact Saints have sold Shaw and that Lallana is on the verge of going - after all, it's not me that told them to go. If ever you have any questions about an article, please feel free to ask in the comments or even drop me an email. Don't however, start getting angry and abusive with me or other readers - it's not very nice. All the best, Dan Kerins, digital camera correspondent. Dan Kerins
  • Score: 9

12:56am Sat 28 Jun 14

nannupsaint says...

Some of us with slightly longer memories might recall the transfer of Martin Chivers to Spurs in the mid 1960s for the then record fee of one hundred and twenty five thousand pounds. Someone with a better mathematical brain than me might be able to translate that into a 2014 equivalent amount.
Some of us with slightly longer memories might recall the transfer of Martin Chivers to Spurs in the mid 1960s for the then record fee of one hundred and twenty five thousand pounds. Someone with a better mathematical brain than me might be able to translate that into a 2014 equivalent amount. nannupsaint
  • Score: 1

8:53am Sat 28 Jun 14

NC Fan4Life says...

nannupsaint wrote:
Some of us with slightly longer memories might recall the transfer of Martin Chivers to Spurs in the mid 1960s for the then record fee of one hundred and twenty five thousand pounds. Someone with a better mathematical brain than me might be able to translate that into a 2014 equivalent amount.
I recall the time Martin Chivers went to Spurs, we had only just been promoted and desperately needed cash to buy experienced players to improve the team to stay up. We thought Ted Bates was mad made selling the best young striker in England, but what we didn't realise was that we had an even better replacement ready to step in, Mick Channon. So mayby some of the next young players will be ready next season, Targett, Reed, McQueen, Isgrove etc

If the Koeman Bros use the money well then and bring equal quality replacements and a couple of the youngsters step up then we may be able to maintain our top half place.

Couple of big if's but at least we have a bigger named manager who hasn't come with out ambition so we now have to give him a chance.

We must now stop any more players from leaving, but will need to bring in top quality to convince Morgan, Dejan etc to stay.

It is just a shame that we have sold the heart of the best group of players we have had just as we were looking to kick on with the plan they all signed up to a year ago. Opportunity to break into the top six missed with three of our four England players gone, so lets see what players we can bring in.
[quote][p][bold]nannupsaint[/bold] wrote: Some of us with slightly longer memories might recall the transfer of Martin Chivers to Spurs in the mid 1960s for the then record fee of one hundred and twenty five thousand pounds. Someone with a better mathematical brain than me might be able to translate that into a 2014 equivalent amount.[/p][/quote]I recall the time Martin Chivers went to Spurs, we had only just been promoted and desperately needed cash to buy experienced players to improve the team to stay up. We thought Ted Bates was mad made selling the best young striker in England, but what we didn't realise was that we had an even better replacement ready to step in, Mick Channon. So mayby some of the next young players will be ready next season, Targett, Reed, McQueen, Isgrove etc If the Koeman Bros use the money well then and bring equal quality replacements and a couple of the youngsters step up then we may be able to maintain our top half place. Couple of big if's but at least we have a bigger named manager who hasn't come with out ambition so we now have to give him a chance. We must now stop any more players from leaving, but will need to bring in top quality to convince Morgan, Dejan etc to stay. It is just a shame that we have sold the heart of the best group of players we have had just as we were looking to kick on with the plan they all signed up to a year ago. Opportunity to break into the top six missed with three of our four England players gone, so lets see what players we can bring in. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 1

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