Transfer appeal in the Premier League

The rules of attraction

July 20, 2011
By Norman Hubbard
Competition is intrinsic in football. Winners and losers can be determined after 90 minutes, but also with a glance at the league table. Beyond the official honours, it generates status symbols: a Champions League place, a European position, a top-half finish. What could simply be a measure of self-esteem has become a pecking order that is being ever more rigidly enforced by the players.

Consider some recent transfers. The much-coveted defender Phil Jones attracted interest from Manchester ...

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