The former Chelsea star who was once traded for 12 tracksuits

In the current climate, Chelsea are among a host of elite clubs worldwide who are spending outrageous sums of cash on players.

This summer alone, the club have splashed millions on Tony Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.

And they’re not the only ones. Neymar didn’t only become the first £100m player when he left Barcelona for PSG, the French giants almost broke the £200m mark.

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But not so long before this madness was a simpler time.

Tony Cascarino? You know the guy: former Chelsea, Aston Villa, Marseille and Republic of Ireland striker who’s now a slightly gobby pundit.

Well, back when he was playing for non-league side Crockenhill, he was traded for just 12 tracksuits.

Here’s what he had to say on talkSPORT:

“I wasn’t under contract and the non-league club couldn’t hold me to any transfer fee and Gillingham came in for me and paid 12 tracksuits.

“It was done as a gesture by Gillingham Football Club because they couldn’t get a fee.”

Cascarino spent six years at Gillingham after leaving Crockenhill 12 tracksuits richer.

How many tracksuits would Neymar be worth these days then?

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