The Best Soccer Clubs Want Proven Players, Not Home-Grown Talent

  • Number of club-trained players drops below 20% in Europe
  • Premier League spent 1 billion pounds buying players in 2015

Germany's Bayern Munich signed Arturo Vidal from Juventus in Italy this summer.

Photographer: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Europe’s top soccer league spent 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) on player transfers this year. That record for spending came at the expense of the home-grown players coming up with their clubs’ systems, new research suggests.

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