Top 50 Irish players of the Premier League era - 40-31

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Neymar finally completed his £198 million transfer from Spanish giants Barcelona to the French side last week to eclipse the £89 million, which Manchester United paid Italian powerhouse to bring back French midfielder Paul Pogba to Old Trafford.

Scudamore said he was relieved this particular record was not set by an English club, and explained that although the economics of the modern game made it hard to contain player valuations, he was pleased with the restraint shown by top Premier League clubs.

Scudamore - who said the Premier League would continue to crackdown on illegal streams of matches - added that broadcasting top-flight matches at Saturday's traditional kick-off time would have too much impact on the rest of the game. "I am glad that is not us who has got that particular record", he told Sky Sports News.

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"And the rather perverse thing with having these buyout clauses is they are meant to prevent players moving".

Experts are concerned on two fronts - one is that the Premier League will turn into a rich, closed shop (in the last three seasons, four of the top spenders have finished in the top six) and secondly that Championship clubs are increasingly entering into huge debt in a "gamble" to reach the Premier League riches.

This summer has been one of insane transfer fees throughout Europe.

Mohamed Diame turned his back on the Premier League a year ago. And it is arguable that either of these clubs could have gone after Neymar based on comments made by those concerned with the matter.

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At only £5 million Nemanja Matic could be a steal.

Mourinho's comments this summer, about how relatively cheap Neymar's fee was, also confirm him as an admirer. Factor in the money spent on signing goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica and Bernardo Silva from Monaco, as well as rumours they are still pursuing Alexis Sanchez, and it is clear Guardiola could have gone after Neymar.

"And Liverpool are probably one of the cheapest, compared to the London clubs".

Want to know the last time an Irish footballer appeared in the Premier League for Manchester United? I don't understand that.

So why didn't City move for the Brazil captain?

Gabriel Jesus comes in at the same price.

"John O'Shea and Shay Given are the last of my generation in terms of the Premier League and this new generation have found it more hard in that league", McAteer told The Herald, while in Dublin to promote Cadbury's sponsorship of the Premier League. However, by today's standard, his fee is not a majorly large one.

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