Barcelona president’s only fear? The growing Premier League

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is at the helm of the best football team in the world, and his worry isn’t national rivals Real Madrid.

It’s the teams of the Premier League.

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Bartomeu’s boys will tangle with Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, and the boss of the Blaugranas says the financial health of the Premier League is threat to his team on the field and his players’ futures in Spain.

From the BBC:

“The Premier League is the best football competition. It has the most interest for fans and most revenues. They are doing things good and keeping teams in the competition where everyone being equal is of interest for everybody.

“We have different budgets in Spain and it would be difficult for someone like [current Premier League leaders] Leicester to be top of the league.

“That is why I am so worried and we are working on this. We want to keep the talent at home.”

This same reasoning is why it’s more important than ever for Premier League clubs to stave off relegation, and why we’ve seen Newcastle, Sunderland and other bottom-half teams spending to stay in the top tier.

With the new TV money coming next year, PL sides can spend more than ever before and the right buys mean any year can see a new Leicester turning the heads of players from bigger squads in other countries.

Game on.