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Cigar-chompin' Liverpool owner John Henry pondered publicly what one particular club happened to be smoking during the pre-season. Spain is wondering what is being put in the water across the entire country to explain some extraordinary figures being paid out for footballers who are not of extraordinary quality.
The reported €30m just shelled out by Tottenham Hotspur for Roberto Soldado continues a summer where La Liga clubs have been able to demand an inflated figure for any Spanish footballer - sometimes just for the fun of it - and desperate English clubs have been panting happily like puppies to meet their valuations.
There is no way that the former Valencia striker is worth that fee, even by the standards of the current inflated market. Gonzalo Higuaín went to Napoli for €37m, a footballer who leads the line for Argentina no less, and has bags more international experience. Soldado is not terrible by any means. Indeed over the past three years with Valencia, the forward has turned into a fine finisher and an old-fashioned number nine.
At least Soldado can claim to be a current Spanish international. Alvaro Negredo does not even have that honour, but the forward moved to Manchester City from Sevilla for €28m. Again, it is a truly inflated figure for a player who has not played in the Champions League for three years. And again, it is not to say that Negredo is not a very good striker on his day.
Indeed, the 27-year-old Manchester City recruit may just have the edge on Soldado in terms of versatility. Negredo is more mobile, more physical and is more capable of the spectacular. However, there is not a great deal between the two, as shown by the last season's goal chart which saw the Sevilla man ending with 25 league strikes and Soldado picking up 24.
La Liga has been a popular hunting spot for English teams all summer with €107m spent on 11 footballers all over the park. However, it is the strikers that have made the headlines. Liverpool bagged Iago Aspas for €9m from Celta Vigo. It is price that is considerably lower than those of Soldado and Negredo but Aspas is still a very unknown quantity.
The Galician is very much a local player from a very local club so there are questions over his ability to adapt to England and the Premier League. There is not a great deal to pour over in terms of his football either. Aspas has promise but only really has a prolific year in the second division and some good performances in La Primera.
The 26-year-old did just fine with 12 league goals but when maturity and strength was called upon in a tough relegation battle, Aspas completely failed. A headbutt against an opponent from Deportivo in a local derby saw a four-match ban that came close to costing Celta Vigo their top-flight spot.
It feels as if Premier League clubs have been stung by Swansea's signing of Michu. This was an unassuming attacking midfielder from Rayo Vallecano who cost peanuts and knocked in 18 league goals. The Spaniard was the one that got away. In fact, scouts should perhaps have returned to Vallecas to look at Piti, the forward who beat Michu's tally from the previous year by knocking in 18. Piti also moved on, but for free to fellow Primera side Granada.
English clubs perhaps are feeling that the success currently being enjoyed by Spain's international players at full and youth levels might rub off on their sides.
That and the fact that Spanish players have tended to settle in fairly well in the Premier League. Indeed, most seem to delight in the experience of playing in an organised, competitive division.
Despite their high prices, the Spanish footballer is still going to be better value than anyone who happens to be English, and thus a one-footed, one-dimensional hoofer. However, around €60m has been spent by Manchester City and Tottenham on two forwards who cannot claim to be part of the top 100 of the world's players, which is what their fees would suggest. Both poachers are of excellent quality but may face expectations set too high by an English-inspired footballing gold rush this summer.
Tim Stannard - follow him on Twitter