Manchester United have announced record revenues and profits in their latest set of annual figures as TV revenues soared in the first season of the current three-year UK broadcasting deal.
The Europa League winners reported turnover of £581.2m and profits of £80.8m. Both figures smash previous records of £515.3m turnover and £191.9m profit, which were set last year.
United are projecting that revenue for 2018 will be somewhere between £575m and £585m. To put that in perspective. In the next 12 months, United will generate £150m more in revenue than most of their Premier League rivals. Read more... (282 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Diego Costa is to undergo a medical with Atletico Madrid on Thursday after the agreement of a €60m deal with Chelsea, say reports in Spain.
The reported fee – which is said to include add-ons – would make the 28-year-old would Atletico’s most expensive ever signing and would allow him to begin playing for the club in January 2018.
However, the Spain international will be able to train with his new teammates immediately and can be officially unveiled by the club, as reported by Diario AS on Thursday. Read more... (230 words, 1 image, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Barcelona have overtaken rivals Real Madrid in having the largest wage budget in La Liga, according to data released this week. According to the numbers from the Spanish league, the money available for Barca’s bills are up to €507million.
Their main title rivals, Real, meanwhile have a cap on overall salaries that comes in at €199m, or £442m – making it the first time since the introduction of centralised TV rights in Spain that Barca can outspend the Bernabeu side.
The data comes from strict La Liga measures to prevent clubs from overspending on wages. The caps, which are made public each season in September, are linked to the total income of each club. Read more... (411 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
A record number of 13 Real Madrid players have been nominated for long list of the FIFPro World XI, while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez lead the pool of Premier League nominees.
A total of 25,000 professional footballers were asked to select a team of 11 players – one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers – from across the world, and the 55 players with the most votes have now been revealed. Read more... (498 words, 1 image, estimated 2:0 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger was keen to cool expectations over Jack Wilshere after the midfielder made his first start for the club in over a year on Wednesday.
Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and has only recently returned from a broken leg.
He put in an encouraging display as Arsenal beat League One Doncaster 1-0 in the Carabao Cup, completing 90 minutes for the Gunners for the first time since September 2014.
But Arsenal boss Wenger was keen to “put this game into perspective”. Read more... (319 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho was pleased to see Manchester United’s attacking players enjoying their football as they kicked off their League Cup defence with a 4-0 victory over Burton.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial starred as United eased past the Sky Bet Championship club in the Carabao Cup third-round tie, and Mourinho hailed a professional performance.
When asked how impressed he was with 19-year-old England international Rashford, Mourinho told Sky Sports:
“Yes, but Martial was good, (Juan) Mata was good, (Jesse) Lingard was good.
“I think everybody in attacking areas gave a good dynamic to the team and especially happiness. We look happy playing football in this moment and that’s what I want. Read more... (209 words, 1 image, estimated 50 secs reading time)
Tottenham will host West Ham in an-all London derby in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The tie between Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic’s bitter rivals is the pick of the ties for the last 16, which sees Chelsea face Everton at Stamford Bridge.
They are two of just three all-Premier League ties, completed by Manchester United’s trip to Swansea.
Elsewhere Arsenal host Championship outfit Norwich and Wolves will take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace go away to Bristol City while Championship-toppers Leeds face Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Read more... (235 words, 1 image, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Jurgen Klopp was dealt another blow on Tuesday night as Liverpool were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Leicester City.
Shinji Okazaki’s goal and a wonder-strike from Islam Slimani gave Leicester a 2-0 third-round win.
A frustrated Klopp, whose side have failed to win or keep a clean sheet in their last four games, told Sky Sports: ‘I am sick of goals like this. Leicester somehow survive in the game because we’re not clinical enough. They scored too easily.’
The game turned at half-time when Philippe Coutinho was withdrawn for Ben Woodburn and Liverpool lost their attacking spark. Read more... (367 words, 1 image, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
Robert Lewandowski has instructed his agent to push through a move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid, according to AS.
The Polish striker made waves earlier this summer when he questioned why the German champions didn’t match the spending of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge then added fuel to the flame by mentioning in an interview with German newspaper Bild that Real Madrid was ‘the club of Lewandowski’s dreams’.
And now, according to the Spanish outlet, these issues have come to a head with the forward believing this is the perfect time to make the move to the Bernabeu and insisting his agent sounds out the La Liga giants. Read more... (247 words, 1 image, estimated 59 secs reading time)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was hard at work on the training ground on Friday to ensure his men were fully prepared for an Arsenal side he believes can ‘fight for the title’.
Chelsea welcome the Gunners to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Conte’s side in perilous form following their 6-0 win over Champions League newcomers Qarabag on Tuesday.
An early blip against Sean Dyche’s Burnley which threatened to derail the Blues seems all but a distant memory, with Conte’s side following the result with four wins on the bounce. Read more... (263 words, 1 image, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)