Tuesday's soccer news has plenty of people predicting gloom for European soccer. According to this view, PSG triggering Neymar's hefty buyout clause and completing his move from Barcelona might destabilize the transfer market as we know it. It's too much money in a top heavy system that has already allowed for inflation whenever it's a Premier League club doing the buying.
Add to this FIFPro's legal challenge to a system that attaches separate financial value to a player's contract, and the transfer system is asking a lot. Namely, that we all continue to agree that this is the best way to move players between clubs in the 21st century. Well, not "we" exactly. The European Union, the governing bodies, the clubs, and way down the line even the players.
The transfer system asks a basic moral question alongside worker rights and fairness. Is it ok to attach money to the contract and sell that as the property of the club involved? Neymar's move compounds that question when technically it's the player himself buying his freedom of movement from his current employer.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle talks to retired USMNT player and current Hannover 96 youth coach Steve Cherundolo. The AP's Anne M Peterson reviews how video assistant replay did in its first week in use in MLS. The Tennessean's Joey Garrison reports on new investment in Nashville's MLS expansion bid. The NY Times' Ken Belson takes a look at MLS expansion
Pro Soccer Talk's Joe Prince-Wright previews the Premier League with the focus on its American players. World Soccer's Nick Bidwell previews the Bundesliga season for the promoted clubs Stuttgart and Hannover 96.
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