Most clubs look abroad when the alternative is not up to their standards. And believe you me, the only reason some defensive players shine while playing for mid-table team is not because of their exceptional talent but more so the team's overall organisational system and managerial input. Fergie just won his 19th PL title with the worst team he ever managed in his tenure. Do you think he is just throwing his money in the wind with the latest signings? He knows exactly what player suit his overall style and the players he purchased were well thought of by many high profile clubs. On the otherhand in Gervinho's case Newcastle was his best option til Wenger got his feet wet. I'm not honestly big on FM, but If I had to name drop, I would dearly love Thiago Silva here. No qualm there. I beg to differ. The players who play for bigger clubs have a reason to be there in the first place; they have the talent required to compete at the highest level rather than get stagnated at a smaller club for so long.