Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Don't Look Premier Class as Biggest Stars Move Elsewhere

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Don't Look Premier Class as Biggest Stars Move Elsewhere

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

THE sight of Edinson Cavani donning a Paris Saint-Germain shirt this week has led to more questions over whether the Premier League is losing its appeal.

It may promote itself as the richest and best division in world football, however there seem to be far too many big stars like Cavani choosing to ply their trade elsewhere.

Manchester City may argue otherwise after signing Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho but they are hardly the kind of sexy names that gets radio phone-in shows exploding into life.

Of course the transfer window hasn't been officially open for long but Standard Sport looks at six major foreign signings that have already slipped through the fingers of English clubs.

EDINSON CAVANI Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United were all interested in the Uruguay striker but were scared off by Napoli's [pounds sterling]54million asking price. All three clubs have proved willing to spend a fortune on one player over the years, yet UEFA's rules over Financial Fair Play seemed to be on their minds. That didn't perturb PSG, though, and they will now benefit from a striker who scored 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli.

NEYMAR Anyone who watched the Confederations Cup earlier this summer would have seen a player that is worthy of all the hype. All of the leading Premier League clubs flirted with the Brazil international and his representatives as he continued to improve at Santos.

But when Santos finally agreed to sell, Neymar only had Barcelona in his mind and he joined in a deal worth [pounds sterling]48.6m.

RADAMEL FALCAO For so long it seemed inevitable that Falcao would be terrorising Premier League defences in a Chelsea shirt next season.

The Blues had made him their No1 transfer target and were confident of beating both of their Manchester rivals to his signature. …

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