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old-trafford-new2Despite their struggles on the pitch this season, Manchester United are a money-making machine off it, and the Premier League side is on target to become the first British club to earn more than £500m in one year.

United announced in their second-quarterly financial results on Thursday that they expect revenue for the year to hit £500-510m. That translates into about €638m, which would put United right behind Real Madrid as the two biggest clubs in the world, in terms of revenue.

ArsenalvmlsallstarsArsene Wenger and Arsenal have announced that part of their pre-season preparations for next season will take place in the USA. The Gunners will kick off their American adventure against the 2016 MLS AT&T All-Stars at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on July 28th before traveling to Los Angeles to take on Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub center on July 31.

The StubHub Center is an interesting venue for a match between a top English side and a top Mexican side due to the fact its capacity is only 27,000.

Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website:

newkopIf Liverpool fans want a glimpse into the future then all they need to do is take a look at the ticket prices for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox, owned by Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, had the highest average ticket prices in baseball last season at $52.34.

FSG wants to wring as much money from Liverpool fans as possible and have announced a new ticket pricing system that includes the first £1,000 season ticket and £77 match day tickets. The official Liverpool Supporters’ Committee (LSC) branded the new ticket pricing structure as “morally unjustifiable”.

An LSC statement read:

jackson-martinezThe Chinese Super League continue to splash the cash around Europe with Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande the latest club to smash China’s transfer fee record after signing Atletico Madrid’s unsettled Colombian striker Jackson Martinez for €42m (£32m).

The purchase broke the week-old Chinese record fee of €28m paid by Jiangsu Suning to acquire Brazilian midfielder Ramires from Chelsea.

It lifted the Chinese Super League’s total spending during the current transfer window to €203.9m, according to website transfermarkt which tracks commercial dealings in the sport, second only to the English Premier League.

wenger-head-in-handsAfter spurning chance after chance against Southampton on Tuesday night Arsene Wenger was forced to defend his decision not to sign a striker during the January transfer window.

Tuesday’s goalless draw means that Arsenal have now dropped nine points from their last four games, dropping them to fourth in the table and five points behind leaders Leicester.

Having added only midfielder Mohamed Elneny to his ranks in the January transfer window, Wenger was again forced to defend his decision not to bring in any firepower despite Arsenal having gone 270 minutes and 34 shots at goal in the Premier League without scoring

yayatoureThe arrival of Pep Guardiola at Eastlands will mean the departure of Yaya Toure from Manchester City, especially after Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying that

The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players.

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is desperate to bring Toure to the San Siro but that is looking very unlikely if the story of interest from China for the midfielder is true.

According to The Telegraph, Toure will be offered a stunning £30million-a-year contract to move to China,

Neymar Charged With Tax Evasion In Brazil

neymar-barcelonaThe off-the-field problems of Barcelona star Neymar took a turn for the worst on Tuesday when Brazilian authorities charged him with tax evasion and falsifying documents over a seven-year period.

The federal prosecutor’s office alleged that the striker committed the crimes between 2006, when he was just a promising youngster at Brazilian football club Santos, and 2013, when he signed for Barcelona.

Prosecutors also brought charges against his father and two senior FC Barcelona management figures, its current president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell.

The Brazilian prosecution’s statement said:

Best Deadline Day Signing Was Pep Guardiola

welcometomanchesterpepThe breaking news on transfer deadline day was not that another big name star had moved to the Premier League, it was that the best manager in the world is moving to England next season.

It was one of the worst kept secrets in football that Pep Guardiola would be taking over at Manchester City this summer, and on Monday City confirmed that Guardiola has signed a three-year deal to manage City and would take over on Jun3 30.

“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the Club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation”, City said in a statement.

January-transfer-windowIt might have seemed like a quiet January transfer window compared to previous ones, but when all was said and done, it was a record breaking one as Premier League spending in a single season has gone over £1B for the first time this term.

Fueled by a massive TV contract, Premier league clubs spent £172.65m in January to go over the billion pound mark for the first time in league history.

With the new TV contract expected to be worth £100m for each Premier League club next season the cost of relegation has never been more expensive.

USA 3 Iceland 2 As Birnbaum Hits Late Winner

USA-Fans-NewThe USA kicked off 2016 with a 3-2 win over Iceland on Sunday, a performance that did little to restore faith that Jurgen Klinsmann’s side is ready to move on from their up-and-down 2015 season.

Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and Michael Bradley provided two assists as Klinsmann fielded a lineup mixing World Cup veterans with four players making their debuts.

Iceland scored in the 13th minute when a shot by Steindorsson, who played 21 games for Columbus last season, deflected off Orozco and caught Robles diving the wrong way.