Paris Saint-Germain are expected to formalise their bid to sign Neymar in a deal worth more than £500m this week. It would place him on a par with Lionel Messi as the best paid footballer on an annual salary of £55m. Neymar’s father should be able to take eight figure commissions on the transaction.
Chankoo Sim, leader of Sportzen, a Seoul-based marketing firm, is one of a number of potential bidders interested in Woking. The company were the first Koreans to invest in a European football club after acquiring Belgian second division side AFC Tubize in 2014.
Football fans will find it more difficult to stream matches illegally after a High Court blocking order hailed as a major victory by the Premier League.
The Premiership has obtained an injunction requiring internet service providers to promptly block access to servers that are illegally showing its games this season. Once notified by the Premier League, the ISPs must act while the match is being played. Some ISPs will be especially willing to cooperate as they are the victims of piracy themselves.
Following the success of the Asia Trophy involving Premier League clubs, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has revived the idea of a round of fixtures to be played abroad.
Richard Scudamore first advanced the idea in 2008, but it was dropped after a tidal wave of opposition from fans. However, he thinks that there is now an increasing recognition from fans that the Premier League and its clubs are a global success story.
The head of Spain’s football federation was arrested yesterday in an investigation into suspected corruption by top officials.
Angel Maria Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and several Spanish federation executives were detained by Spanish police on suspicion of embezzlement, fraud and collusion. Mr Villar Snr, a former player for the Spanish national team, has been president of the federation for almost 30 years and is also a vice-president of Fifa and Uefa.
Paul Tomkins has taken a fascinating look at how football transfer fees in the past look like when they are expressed in 2017 prices. Inflation has just about doubled since the formation of the Premier League in 1992 but the cost of a top rank footballer has gone up about twenty times.
The English Football League is to revisit its fit and proper persons test for club owners. The specific stimulus appears to have been events at Leyton Orient, although protests at other clubs are also mentioned.
In particular, the EFL is looking at what happens to a club after it has been purchased.
Everton’s age of austerity is over. They were last among the big spenders in the late 1980s. However, under new owner Farhad Moshiri they are targeting a top six finish and have splashed out £85m in the summer transfer window.
They have organised a £60m credit facility from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
The 26th Deloitte annual review of football finance reports that driven by continued growth in broadcast rights values in European football’s biggest leagues, and the impact of UEFA Euro 2016, total European football market revenues reached almost €25 billion in 2015/16, a 13% increase on 2014/15.
The ‘big five’ European leagues grew collective revenues by €1.4 billion (12%) in 2015/16, 59% of which was due to increased broadcast revenues, and 31% due to increased sponsorship and other commercial revenues.