Spanish super weight Real Madrid and Premier League giant Manchester United have been ranked the most valuable clubs in football, according to a study by one of the Big Four audit firms KPMG.
The valuations for the clubs were at least £2.5billion at the end of 2016. Both clubs were ranked ahead of La Liga champions Barcelona – though they followed closely at £2.4billion.
German champions Bayern Munich came at a distant fourth with valuation of £1.89billon. Arsenal made the top five most valuable clubs with worth of £1.45billion.
The report might be surprising to some considering that Manchester United have struggled with getting the results since the retirement of long time manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
“It’s a study that associates several criteria. These include the popularity of the clubs with their number of followers on social media, their sporting potential given the value of their players, TV rights and their ownership situation, notably the stadiums,” an analyst from KPMG explained. Continue reading
Manchester City is keen to reinforce their team, especially with their disappointing season. One area that will want to strengthen will be their defense where the new players that they signed last season failing to deliver the goods.
One player that is constantly being linked with Manchester City is the German defender Matts Hummels. Various media reports are linking the Borussia Dortmund with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola, who is supposed to take control of the Manchester City team next season, will be interested in strengthening a sector that has been conceding goals quite often this term. Indeed, only Vincent Kompany can be considered as a world class player, and Guardiola will be desperate to add more talented players to his squad.
However if City wants to land the Dortmund defender, they will need to move quickly since Liverpool as well as Chelsea seems to be interested in the player. With Jurgen Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund manager now at Liverpool, there is still chances that Hummels might prefer Liverpool over Manchester City. Only time will tell which club will be able to land the talented Manchester City defender.
Another player that has been linked with Manchester City is the young Jetro Willems. Aged 21, Willems currently plays as left-back for PSV Eindhoven and is considered as a talent prospect in his home country. Indeed, he has made more than 100 appearances for his club and would improve a City team that is desperate for new players. Continue reading
Louis van Gaal has begun the mind games ahead of the Manchester derby by claiming that arch rivals City have the distinct advantage before the match.
Manchester City have been the team to beat in the league so far this campaign. They lead the table – albeit with only a two-point advantage over United – after having taken 21 points from the opening nine games. United have the advantage of this game being played at Old Trafford for this first major derby of the season between the two sides. Both teams will be looking to avoid a draw since it will favour the teams like Arsenal.
Aside from the recent form, Van Gaal also says that the scheduling of the European fixtures puts United at a major disadvantage. United have been involved in a Champions League game against CSKA Moscow. Even though they played on the same night as City, they had to travel far away for this away trip. City, who entertained Sevilla at Etihad stadium, had the comfort of playing at home for the third consecutive game in all competitions. United claimed a 1-1 draw in the game whereas City enjoyed a last-minute winner from Kevin De Bruyne. Continue reading
Manchester United have completed the signing of Juan Mata for a club record transfer fee of £37.1million, according to Sky Sports.
The Spain international completed his medical on Saturday before finalising the biggest deal of the January transfer window so far.
The Mirror understands that Leighton Baines is on the verge of agreeing a new long-term contract with Everton, all but ending Manchester United’s hopes of signing him this month.
The England international has been linked with a move to the Premier League champions ever since his former manager David Moyes took the reins at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are set to revive their interest in Everton left-back Leighton Baines when the transfer window reopens, according to the Mirror.
David Moyes was unsuccessful in his summer pursuit of the man he took to Goodison Park from Wigan Athletic back in 2006, and though the Toffee’s are determined to keep hold of their man, a fresh bid is expected.
Newcastle United are close to securing a loan deal for out-of-favour Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the Independent.
The former Crystal Palace man has made just two Premier League appearances since joining up with David Moyes’ squad last summer, and is set to be farmed out when the transfer window reopens next month.
AC Milan have overtaken Manchester United in the race to sign highly rate Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, the Express understands.
The 21 year old, who has been impressing in Diego Simeone’s side this season, has been labelled as the next Xavi with reports suggesting that he could even replace him at the Nou Camp in the future.
Manchester United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to ten games as they travel to Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon.
The champions closed the gap on Arsenal to just five points after beating the league leaders 1-0 at Old Trafford two weeks ago, and could rise to second place if results go their way this weekend.
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David Moyes will be handed an £80m transfer war chest in January in order to get Manchester United’s season back on track, the Express understands.
The club were linked with a number of players during the summer, but their only major signing was the deadline day capture of Marouane Fellaini from Everton.