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Football Finance


Wages cost more than transfer fees

A focus on the cost of transfer fees is understandable when some of them are so large and their negotiation is surrounded by so much last minute drama.  

However, a study by the Fifa Transfer Matching System, the body that oversees all cross-border transfers, found that clubs committed to spending £4,5bn in wages in 2015 alone, far outstripping the £2.6bn spent on transfer fees.  The amount of money committed to salaries this year is more than a third higher than the same figure for 2013.

Revenue growth helps City

The impressive Swiss Ramble blog has produced its latest forensic financial analysis on Manchester City. The focus is on how City have managed to spend big in the summer transfer window, yet remain compliant with financial fair play rules.

Is prudence back in fashion?

Next year the new £1.7 billion Premier League television contract kicks in, an increase of 70 per cent on the present contract. Even so, a few exceptions aside, Premier League clubs were relatively restrained in their spending in the summer transfer window.

The Premier League's net spend over the last three seasons was £427.1m, £369.1m and £414.6m.  They paid just £12.5m more than they did two summers ago.  If the David De Gea deal had gone through, they would have spent less than in 2013.

Fans demand answers on takeover saga

It has been one of the longest drawn out takeover sagas in recent football history.  The mystery 'Indian consortium' that wants to take over Northampton Town is yet to be identified.   Now fans are launching a social media campaign to try and find out what is happening.

England could lose fourth Champions League spot

There is a risk that England could lose its fourth Champions League spot.  It shouldn't be exaggerated, but England could be overtaken by Italy.

Owls under the microscope

Sheffield Wednesday are a club with a great history who find themselves playing in the Championship. Their new owner has set them a goal of reaching the Premier League in two years.   They are the latest club to be put under the microscope by the impressive Swiss Ramble blog.   As usual, readers are provided with a meticulous and informative analysis that makes careful and sound judgments.

Record transfer spend hides some changes

Spending by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window was a record £862m, but this represents just a three per cent increase on last year's £835m.   What is also evident is that the new television deal gives medium-sized Premiership clubs the ability to resist bids for their best players, as exemplified by the case of Berahino and West Bromwich Albion.

Where the transfer cash is going

All the excitement of transfer deadline day is upon us with dedicated television programmes following the last minute developments.   It looks being another record spend by Premier League clubs.

Premier League becoming more dominant

The competitive imbalance in Europe caused by the Premier League's latest television deal is a theme that is drawing increasing attention and the latest person to address it is the sporting director of Wolfsburg. Of course, the deal hasn't kicked in yet, but the transfer dealings of leading Premiership clubs appear to anticipate it.

Blackburn's fall from grace

Twenty years ago Blackburn Rovers joined the small group of clubs that have won the Premier League title.  It was a considerable achievement then and it is doubtful if a club of Blackburn's size could manage it today.