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
Former Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has lifted the lid on the dressing room talk after Paul Pogba joined the club on a free transfer back in 2012. The French midfielder had been a Manchester United youth team product, but he was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.
Juventus had to pay a training compensation fee of £ 800,000. Even though he was still a teenager, Pirlo claimed that everyone in the dressing room could see that Pogba was about to become one of the best in the world. Yet, they were amazed at how at how a big club like United would let him leave on a free.
Pirlo is not surprised that Pogba has become the most expensive player in the world. He has just made an £ 89 million move to Old Trafford. Pogba is seen as a complete midfielder because he is someone who can score goals, defend at the back, and also conduct play from the midfield. Even though his record in recent years has not been great, manager José Mourinho is the type of character to get the best out of a player like Pogba. Further, at 23 years of age, the midfielder has the best years ahead of him.
David Moyes is set to shake-up his scouting system following criticism in the aftermath of the summer transfer window closing, the Mirror understands.
The recently appointed manager brought in just one major signing this summer, after securing a deal for Belgium international Marouane Fellaini, though he missed out on a number of other targets.
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Champions Manchester United begin a new Premier League era under David Moyes tomorrow evening as they travel to Swansea City.
They go in to the game on the back of last weekend’s Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic at Wembley, and are once again likely to be without striker Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney looks to be heading closer toward the Old Trafford exit door after the Metro reported that the striker has been ordered to train with the youth team.
The 27 year old has been strongly linked with a move away from the club all summer , though so far the club have rejected offers for the player.
Cesc Fabregas will pursue a move to Manchester United if he is not given higher squad status by Barcelona, the Daily Star understands.
The 26 year old’s preferred option is to remain at the Nou Camp, though he wants assurances if that is to be the case.
Manchester United are in advanced talks with Real Madrid over a deal that could see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford, the Daily Star understands.
The Premier League champions have reportedly spent the last twelve days negotiating an £80m package with the Spanish giants, as David Moyes continues his hunt for a marquee signing.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United amid reports linking him to the Premier League champions, the Metro understands.
The Italy international has been earmarked by David Moyes as an alternative option to first-choice transfer target Cesc Fabregas, should a move for the former Arsenal captain fail to materialise.
The 27 year old has three years remaining on his contract with the Serie A champions, and has stated that he is happy with life in Turin, though the pull of Manchester United may prove too strong.
Meanwhile, United’s hopes of signing Luka Modric have been dealt a blow after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the midfielder will be remaining at the Bernabeu.
The 27 year old, who only moved to Spain last summer, made thirty-three appearances in La Liga last season, and scored an incredible equaliser for Real in the Champions League last sixteen second leg victory at Old Trafford.
Arsenal had reportedly entered the race to sign the Croatia international, with his former club Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly interested in involving him in a swap deal that would see Gareth Bale move in the opposite direction, though his new manager has reiterated his importance to the Spanish club.
David Moyes is ready to smash Manchester United’s transfer record with a third bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, the Express understands.
The Premier League champions’ opening two bids for the former Arsenal captain, though to be around the £25m and £30m mark, were dismissed out of hand by the Catalan club.
Manchester United are lining up a £25m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, the Metro understands.
The Premier League champions are ready to revive their interest in the former Tottenham Hotspur man as they struggle to land their primary transfer targets.
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