One of the major benefits of snatching one of the Premiership's Champions League spots is the advantage it can give you over your rivals in the transfer market. This is especially true if you finish third, which guarantees a spot in the group stages without a potentially tricky qualification round match in August, something that can make players delay moves until late in the window.
This summer Alvaro Negredo could be an effective barometer of how Champions League football can affect your business, with the Sevilla striker reportedly being chased by the four English teams battling for the final places in the top four.
Negredo himself has made it clear he would like to play in the Premier League at some stage, and said that there was interest in January. Sevilla are willing to sell their star players to help with financial concerns, but have been resistant to attempts to sign Negredo at too low a price.
Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have shown the most interest so far, and will probably need to be able to offer Negredo Champions League football given the options the striker will have. If Chelsea do follow up their earlier interest, they will likely have the edge as they are the best placed side to secure a Champions League place, and can offer far more financial incentive than the other sides.
However the Blues may focus on other targets like Falcao and Cavani this summer, leaving the hunt for Negredo between the three sides currently competing for fourth. If all do pursue the player in the summer, it is likely that it will come down to which can offer him Champions League football next season.
With financial powerhouses like Manchester City and Chelsea distorting the transfer market, teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Everton will find themselves competing for players regularly, and Negredo could be an indication of which of the three will have the best summer in the market.
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