Should there be a global transfer fee and wage cap to combat top four monopoly?
Yet again it seems the top four in England will be Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City, in Spain the top two will be Barca and Real, etc...it's clear that the top teams stay consistently at the top and that other teams have little chance to break into that monopoly.
As always, money plays a big part. Man City have replaced Liverpool as the default top four participant because of infinite money, and a few years back when Chelsea was formed they transformed a top three into a top four.
The only way around it, as I see it, is to introduce wage and fee caps. If there was an upper limit on fees and wages, the decision would no longer be solely an economic one. Say for example a transfer fee could never amount to more than £20m in total (including add-ons, agent fees, bonuses, etc), and a player's salary could never be above £80k/week after tax.
With such a cap introduced globally, all financial doping would seize to exist. There would still be clubs trying to break the system of course, but you can't design a system based on what the criminals will do to exploit it.
Clubs wouldn't be able to price everyone else out of the market and get sugar daddys in for instant success. Clubs like Chelsea, PSG or Man City would have had to build success like the rest of us.
Players would no longer make a decision based on the size of the contract. The decision would be more about if the club is a good fit, playing opportunities, club location, personal relationships, and so on.
In addition, clubs would no longer have to spend ridiculous money. Gone are the £84m Gareth Bales and £300m-valued Lionel Messis.
And we could get back to playing fucking football.