Manchester United announce record revenues as TV cash rises

man utd - stadiumManchester United has announced record revenues of £581m for the 2017 financial year, as TV cash rises.

In a year when it won the Europa League and EFL Cup, the club also signed 12 sponsorship deals, and saw commercial and matchday revenues increase.

The club benefitted from a huge rise in domestic TV revenues during 2016-17, the first season in the current three-year UK broadcasting deal.

The Old Trafford club is currently second in the Premier League.

It has the same number of points and goal record as leaders Manchester City.

In the year to 30 June, broadcast income jumped to £194.1m from £140.4m the year before, a rise of 38%.

This season the club is back in the Champions League thanks to its Europa League final victory over Ajax in Stockholm in May. The journey to that final also helped to boost TV revenues during the season.

It is the second successive year they have accrued revenues of more than £500m, recording a figure of £515.3m last year.

It comes after the club returned to the top of the Deloitte money list in January.

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Manchester United makes its UEFA Champions Leaugue comeback this season

Higher wages

“We concluded a successful 2016-17 season with a total of three trophies and a return to Champions League football,” said executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, referring to them also winning the Community Shield during the season.

“We are pleased with the investment in our squad and look forward to an exciting season.”

Employee wages – including those of players – increased by 13%, “primarily due to an increase in first team salaries”.

Operating expenses for the year were £511.3m, an increase of £74.7m, or 17.1%, on the previous year.

However, net debt fell by £47.8m to £213.1m.

The club also posted record operating profits of £80.8m, up from £68.9m the previous year.

Commercial revenue rose 2.7% to £275.5m. Money from sponsorship, retail, and licensing was up, but the club said it lost 15% over the year on its digital output.

Match-day revenue climbed 4.7% to £111.6m, but the club said this was “primarily due to playing two more home games in the year”.

Meanwhile, German player Bastian Schweinsteiger’s return to Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad during the year saw him reinstated as an “exceptional credit” item on the annual balance sheet, at a value of £4.8m.

In its results statement the club also said: “Tax expense for the year was £17.3m, compared to £12.5m in the prior year, primarily due to the increase in profit before tax and a reduction in foreign exchange gains on US dollar-denominated deferred tax assets.”



Dani Alves Peace gesture in the PSG squad following Neymar-Cavani rift

Cavani NeymarWith tensions high after Neymar and Edinson Cavani’s on-pitch argument over who should take free-kicks and penalties, Dani Alves has invited the PSG squad out to dinner at Victoria Paris, a restaurant in the centre of the French capital.

The Brazilian right-back had been caught up in the drama two after he handed the ball to his countryman, rather than Cavani, during the match against Lyon.

With this evening out, which was reported by L’Equipe, Alves hoped for a reconciliation and there supposedly a “calm and friendly atmosphere”.

L’Equipe and Le Parisien have also reported that the Ligue 1 club’s sporting director Antero Henrique has cancelled the forwards’ upcoming interviews and that Unai Emery will, therefore, be the only one asked about the alleged fall-out in the coming days.

Chronicling Records That Neymar and Kylian Mbappe Could Break This Season

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Neymar Jr. & Kylian Mbappe: PSG Splash Millions for Champions

Paris Saint-Germain’s already flooded talent pool was filled to bursting in the offensive third of the field this summer when they landed long-term target Neymar from Barcelona then snared Kylian Mbappe from domestic rivals AS Monaco.

The latter, on loan with a view to buy next summer, is a long-term investment at 18 with just one full season of top-tier football to his name, but there will nonetheless be great things expected of him during his early months in Paris.

Neymar, on the other hand, is already a world-renowned star, one of the best in the world at age 25 and the focal point for PSG’s attempts to finally conquer European football. Everything is expected of him, and even if he produces it, more will be demanded.

It’s both players’ first seasons with the Parisian side, but there are plenty of milestones and records they will already have in their sights this season.

Ligue 1

Neymar broke one record before he even kicked a ball in a PSG shirt: the transfer record, now sitting at €222 million, or £200 million.

Mbappe has several records he can aim for, starting with his goalscoring.

Karim Benzema’s 37 Ligue 1 goals by age 23 doesn’t seem at all out of reach, while a bigger view—and requiring something of an explosion in his strike rate—might be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 38 league goals in a season, a PSG record.

The Ligue 1 record is held by Josip Skoblar, who hit 44 for Olympique de Marseille in 1970/71.

Neymar, meanwhile, has started the season on fire in terms of creating—and it’s a new team-mate whose record he has in his sights.

Angel Di Maria set a Ligue 1 record in 2015/16, tallying 18 assists; last season, 14 was the highest tally, recorded by Morgan Sanson of Montpellier HSC.

Neymar, in his five league matches in France, already has four assists (and four goals) putting him well on track to challenge Di Maria’s record.

Back to scoring goals, and both Neymar and Mbappe—and team-mate Edinson Cavani—will look to equal or break the Ligue 1 record of scoring in nine consecutive games, held by Vahid Halilhodzic and Ibrahimovic. More unlikely is the record of seven goals by a single player in a single game; that record has stood since 1935, equalled only in 1938.

Meanwhile, the fastest hat-trick in the French top flight was timed at five minutes.

The duo, along with Cavani, could also help PSG achieve a club and Ligue 1 record of 108 goals in a season—Monaco’s 107 last season is the record since the French top flight’s rebranding in 2002.


The UEFA Champions League is the trophy PSG want and why they have splashed so much money on the strike pair.

Neymar has already won the trophy with Barcelona, and the South American equivalent, the Copa Libertadores, with Santos, but repeating the feat with PSG would be vindication for his signature and strengthen his claim to be regarded as the world’s best player.

One record he will hope to break is to become the first player in more than a decade not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or. Kaka, in 2007, was the last.

There are records Neymar can have more a direct influence on, however.

Last season, he broke the Champions League record for most assists in a single campaign, ending the 2016/17 season with eight. He’s capable of going on and bettering that tally this year. He has one to his name after the opening group-stage game.

Then there is the top scorer in a single season record, held by Cristiano Ronaldo with 17. Any player scoring that volume of goals to trouble Messi and Ronaldo deserves to be thought of as one of the world’s best players—and his team will likely be going deep into the tournament. But even they don’t hold the European competition record, which is owned by Radamel Falcao with 18.

For both Neymar and Mbappe, dangerous forwards with goals to their game as well as creativity, the competition’s showpiece has a record waiting to be broken alongside lifting the trophy: become the first player to score a hat-trick in the final since it was rebranded in 1992.

The likes of Hernan Crespo and Karl-Heinz Riedle netted braces; the first treble is still waiting for the history books. The fastest hat-trick in Champions League history, meanwhile, is eight minutes, held by Bafetimbi Gomis.

International Stage

Perhaps the first record for Mbappe to look to break is one he has just over a year to do: become the youngest France player to score a hat-trick.

The great Just Fontaine’s first French treble came at age 20 against Luxembourg—the side Mbappbe debuted against, incidentally. Jean Secember did it at 21. Eugene Maes was 22.

Still 18 until December, Mbappe could notch a hat-trick at any point this season to take that particular title, and while the side they just drew 0-0 with, Luxembourg again, might have seemed the best opportunity to do so, games against Bulgaria, Belarus and a friendly in Colombia present further chances for Mbappe to improve on his single international goal return before the turn of the year.

In terms of overall goals, while Mbappe isn’t going to jump past the likes of Jean-Pierre Papin, Michel Platini and all-time top scorer Thierry Henry anytime soon, he could feasibly break into the all-time top 30 if he has a stellar year.

Ten international goals this season would put him joint-31st (11 goals in total). Thirty-six players have scored 10 or more at international level for France.

For Neymar, the all-time goalscoring record is well within his sights, though it may take more than just the 2017/18 season to get there.

He has 52 to his name for Brazil, 25 short of Pele’s record of 77. While he likely won’t hit that many this season, he could score double figures across qualifiers, friendlies and the World Cup finals.

A haul of 10 would take Neymar past Romario (55) and level with the great Ronaldo (62); a further goal would elevate Neymar to second on the all-time list.

There’s one more achievement, rather than outright record, Neymar could make this season, but it’s more possible than probable.

The forward was previously Brazil captain, with Paulinho most recently handed that honour after Neymar stepped down from the role after the 2016 Olympics. If he were to return to the role for the 2018 World Cup and lead his team to success in Russia, he’d be the second-youngest Selecao skipper to do so.

Hilderaldo Bellini (1958 World Cup) was 28, Mauro (1962) was 31, Rai (1994) was 29 and Cafu (2002) was 31, but while Neymar will turn 26 only a few months before the finals in Eastern Europe, the 1970 World Cup captain was the legendary Carlos Alberto, who was just 25.

That said, Neymar would become the first Brazil captain to lead his team to World Cup success on European soil since 1958 in Sweden, which was the side whose forward line was led by a then-17-year-old Pele.

He’s already achieved so much, but it’s clear there’s a lot more for Neymar to aim for in the next 10 months or so—and Mbappe, alongside him, is starting out along a similar path.


Sources: 11v11, Statbunker, RSSSF, Transfermarkt,, and

Barcelona target Paulo Dybala CAN leave if he wants to, admits Juventus chief Beppe Marotta — The Scottish Sun

JUVENTUS chief Beppe Marotta says Paulo Dybala can leave for Barcelona if he wants. Barca have been linked with a move for the Argentinian hitman, 23, who has started this campaign with a stunning ten goals in seven Juve games. Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, left, is a target for BarcelonaAP:Associated PressBianconeri chief Beppe Marotta, right, admits…

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Ander Herrera to sign Manchester United deal by December as Barcelona circle — The Scottish Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED star Ander Herrera will reject Barcelona’s interest and commit his future to the club before December. His current deal at Old Trafford expires next year with the Spanish giants plotting a potential move to bring the midfielder back to his homeland. Ander Herrera is set to sign a new Manchester United dealGettyThe Spanish…

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Patrick Cryne: Terminally ill Barnsley owner ‘on borrowed time’

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Patrick Cryne

Terminally ill Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne has written a poignant letter to the club’s fans.

Cryne, who has cancer, wrote a piece for the club’s programme for the EFL Cup second-round tie against Derby, which the Reds won 3-2.

The 66-year-old has been in charge at Oakwell since 2004.

In the article, Cryne revealed that he is “living on borrowed time” and thanked fans for their “kindness down the years”.

Cryne’s letter in full

“I am living on borrowed time. I live in pain, but living is better than the alternative. Cancer is insidious, cruel and rapacious and I implore everyone to have regular checks to stop it gaining hold.

“Recent months have brought into focus the things that are important to me. I have spent a lot of my life pursuing the ultimately pointless when there were better things to do. My family have always been important to me but I should have spent more time telling them so.

“I do now and it creates joyfulness in our relationships. Of course, my football club has been important too and I am lucky that my family have shared my love of Barnsley FC.

“For much of the time since I became the club’s buyer of last resort, I allowed others to run the club, fearing that I did not know enough to win the respect and supporter of the ‘football people’. It is ironic therefore that we enjoyed one of our most successful periods when I did take up the mantle ending in two successful visits to Wembley.

“Maybe, one day before too long I will tell the secrets of how we did it. Certainly, the whole club working as one was instrumental. I don’t know if we will ever repeat the sense of togetherness of that season, which extended also to the fans, their tolerance and incredible support.

“There are many things I wanted to achieve before my custodianship of our fabulous team ended at the hand of the Grim Reaper. Of course, I wanted to see us get back to the Premier League and make some enhancements to the iconic West Stand. On a personal level, I wanted to bring back together all the 1912 FA Cup final medals, but I only managed to retrieve five.

“Most people realise I was a reluctant custodian but what has made it bearable against the occasional cruelty of the internet world is the kindness shown to me by so many fans on a personal basis.

“People are not shy in coming forward and telling me they appreciate my efforts, even if I have fallen short of their aspirations. I receive many letters and cards from fans who share with me their memories and best wishes. I am grateful to them all.

“Regarding this season, I think we will get stronger as it goes on and our team gels, not unlike the double Wembley season. I do not expect to live to see the ultimate outcome, but I travel in hope.

“I wish you all a good football season and thank you for your kindness down the years.”

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Joaquin Correa’s second-half strike help earned Sevilla a point at Anfield in the Reds’ return to the Champions League group phase for the first time since the 2014/2015 season despite manager Eduardo Berizzo being sent to the stands earlier on in the second-half.

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Is Every football player a profitable investment?

All fees in this article are from, and include potential add-ons

The summer saw an unprecedented amount spent on players with world records broke and a massive profit for clubs who bought them for peanuts a few years ago. AUGUST has passed, and with it we have seen the one of the craziest transfer windows ever close. Paris Saint-Germain spent a world record fee to sign Neymar, triggering the £198million release clause in his Barcelona contract.

And there were also big money moves for Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe in the aftermath. In the Premier League alone there were EIGHT transfers completed worth over £40m – including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool. But there has been some good news financially for the clubs saying goodbye to these stars. The rise in spending has seen a number of clubs make a massive profit on players they signed for peanuts just a few years ago.

So, who are the most profitable transfers ever?

JOHN STONES became England’s most expensive defender with his move to Manchester City last summer. Everton had signed him from Barnsley for ust £3.15m and sold him for £50.04m which gave the Toffees a whopping £46.89m profit.

ANTHONY MARTIAL was virtually an unknown to many in England before his move in 2015. But Monaco sure did see his promise as they signed him for £4.5m from Lyon before flogging him for £54m. That’s a cool £49.5m profit.

LIVERPOOL reluctantly let Luis Suarez join Barcelona for £73.55m in 2014. The Reds bought him from Ajax for £23.85m, meaning they made £49.7m from the deal.

IT was 17 years ago that Luis Figo pulled off one of the most one of the most controversial transfers ever. The Portguese winger moved from Barcelona to arch-rivals Real Madrid for £51.75m. Barca had only spent £2.25m on him from Sporting Lisbon, but the £49.52m profit they made was not enough to stop the Catalan club fans’ hatred.

RAHEEM STERLING was one of Liverpool’s golden boys in the 2014/15 season. But when Manchester City came in with a £56.25m bid, Sterling forced a move to the Etihad. But the Reds’ loss would have been softened with the £55.62m made on the deal after he joined them from QPR for just £630,000.

EVERTON make their second entry on the list after making £58.2m on Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian hitman was bought from Chelsea in 2014 for £31.82m but sold on for £90m.

JUVENTUS made £63m on their £66.15m sale of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid. The World Cup winner signed for just £3.15m from Bordeaux. But Real will not be complaining about the price after his amazing volley in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. Real even had the last laugh last season when Zidane led them to an 11th European title as manager against his former club.

MANCHESTER UNITED fans were in bits when Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to leave for Real Madrid for a then-world record £84.6m. But United’s accountants may have been looking a bit happier when they realised they just made a £67.5m profit on the player they signed for just £17.1m. And who knows, he may even return to Old Trafford one day…

TOTTENHAM signed a fresh-faced Gareth Bale for £13.3m in 2007. Fast forward six years and Spurs were counting the cash as they made £77.6m from the £90m sale of the Welsh Wizard to Real Madrid. Just don’t remind them of the players they spent the majority of the cash on…

ONCE Neymar completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain, it was only a matter of time before they splashed the cash. And Ousmane Dembele was their man as they spent £94.5m on the young Frenchman from Borussia Dortmund. The German club made an astonishing £81m profit after acquiring him for just £13.5m

WE all know the story by now. But in case you somehow missed it, Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012 for Juventus and were only paid £800,000. After some brilliant season’s in Italy, United were laughed at by many fans as they then spent a huge £94.5m to get him back last summer. Juve made £93.7m profit on just that one deal.

NUMBER one on this list could have only been one player after this summer’s bonkers transfer window. Neymar shocked the world as he requested to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain – for a whopping £198m. That gave Barca a world-record £118.62m profit on the Brazilian boy-wonder they signed for £79.38m from Santos in 2013.

The above article has only transactions in the European continent.

Hatem Ben Arfa joins PSG reserves team after refusing to leave during transfer window

HATEM BEN ARFA has reportedly been demanded to train with the Paris Saint-Germain’s reserve squad by boss Unai Emery. The former Newcastle winger has fallen out of favour under the management of Emery at Parc des Prince.

Ben Arfa signed a two-year deal with PSG after his contract ran out at Nice. He was linked with a move away from Parc des Prince this summer, but the winger refused to leave.

According to L’Equipe, the former Newcastle ace trained with the PSG reserve team on Monday morning.The news comes as a shock considering the French forward, 29, is reportedly not injured and has played all five of PSG‘s games at the start of the season.

Ben Arfa came close to signing a deal with former club Nice during the summer, but he refused to leave unless PSG paid his contract up. The French outfit would have had to fork out a whopping £6m to cover the outstanding fee’s on the 30-year-old’s contract.

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Hatem Ben Arfa has reportedly taken the decision of Unai Emery as a snub

Ben Arfa experienced similar issues during his time with Newcastle United, when he was made to train with the Under-21 side by boss Alan Pardew. The Frenchman was then released from his Toon contract in 2015 due to ongoing disputes with the manager. He has failed to find his feet since joining the French giants a year ago, tallying just nine Ligue 1 appearances in 2017.

The former Marseille winger has failed to cement his position within Unai Emery’s well-knit side. He faces competition against the likes of Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura and Julian Draxler. Ben Arfa has been unable to replicate the rich vein of form he proved during his final season with Nice, where he netted 18 times in 37 outings.

PSG summer target Jean-Michael Seri’s move from Nice reportedly broke down because of Ben Arfa. Unai Emery offered £14m plus Ben Arfa and an additional £23m to make the move permanent, but the Frenchman refused and blocked the move.

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Ben Arfa to fight back on a palce in PSG’s squad

According to reports, the Parisian side’s assistant manager Juan Carlos Carcedo broke the news to Ben Arfa and banished him to train alone. Carcedo told Goal: “There is no reason for Ben Arfa’s absence – Hatem is not injured, and he had no problem with the coach.” Ben Arfa is thought to have taken boss Unai Emery’s decision as a snub but has reportedly told friends and family he is willing to fight for his place at the club.

Divock Origi switch to Wolfsburg from Liverpool on loan

Liverpool have announced striker Divock Origi has joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season.

Belgium international Origi, 22, has had little game time at Anfield this season, making one substitute’s appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Origi“Liverpool FC can confirm that Divock Origi has completed a season-long loan move to Wolfsburg,” the Merseyside club confirmed on their official website.



Liverpool paid French side Lille £10million to sign Origi in July 2014 when he was still a teenager and in his three-year spell at Anfield he has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances.

But he has dropped down the pecking order in Klopp’s squad following the arrival of Dominic Solanke earlier this summer and was not included in the match-day squad for last weekend’s 4-0 defeat of Arsenal.

Marseille, Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen had also been reported to have shown an interest in Origi, who can expect regular game time under Wolfsburg boss Andries Jonker.