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How big is the Chinese Super League?

Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo was the last player to move to the Chinese Super League in the transfer window.  He went to Changchun Yatai in the north of China for £20m.   Full details of the players who have made a lucrative move can be found here.

Are fans being cheated in FA Cup?

Alan Shearer has suggested that fans are being cheated by clubs putting out weakened sides in the FA Cup.  According to Radio 5, Premier League clubs made an average of seven changes in their matches over the weekend.

Winning the FA Cup is never going to produce large sums of money and foreign owners may be used to the situation elsewhere in Europe where cups are very much secondary competitions, hence the abolition of the Cup Winners' Cup.

Global transfers hit record

According to Fifa's Transfer Matching System (TMS), the total spend on transfer fees worldwide was $4.8bn in 2016, a 14.3 per cent increase compared with the previous year and well above inflation.

Since 2010, all clubs are required to record transfer deals through the TMS.  14,951 deals were concluded in 2016, the highest number ever, and about a thousand more than the previous year.

Beijing club worth more than European giants

The top Beijing team, Beijing Guoan, has been sold to a local property developer at a $800m valuation, suggesting that it is worth more than European giants such as AC Milan and Atlético Madrid.

Sinobo Land is buying 64 per cent of the club from Citic, a state-owned investment group for Rmb3.6bn valuing it at Rmb5.6bn ($807m).  This would rank Beijing Guoan alongside the 15 most valuable clubs in Europe, according to KPMG estimates.

Top clubs have varied record in transfer market

Top Premier League clubs have had a varied record in making profits in the transfer market over the past decade.   Tottenham Hotspur made a profit on player sales of £287m, but £104m of that came in the 2013-14 season when they sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £85m.

Chelsea are just behind them on £275.7m and in many ways they have been the smartest operators in the market.   They have been able to comply with Uefa's financial fair play rules and their policy of sending dozens of players out on loan has paid off.

Chinese offer not big enough for Saints

The Chinese wave in English football has broken on the shores of the Solent, but Southampton FC consider that the offer they have been made is not big enough.   They are also annoyed that news of the bid was broken on the Shenzhen stock exchange that agreement had been reached in principle, breaching the confidentiality of talks.

How the FA Cup boosts a non-league club

Sutton United are mid-table in the Vanarama National League, although not so long ago they were in the third tier of the non-league pyramid in the Ryman League.  On Sunday they face Leeds United in a televised FA Cup tie that will bring them £144,000 in addition to the £300,000 they have already earned from their cup run.  They have already been able to repair a leak in the home dressing room roof.

Boro turn down Chinese bid

Middlesbrough FC owner Steve Gibson has rejected a £50m bid from a Chinese consortium to buy half of the club.  Gibson has no interest in selling the club he has owned since 1993 and to which he has devoted considerable sums of money.

£75m price tag on Charlton

An amazing £75m price tag has been put on Charlton by its eccentric Belgian owner, according to fanzine Voice of the Valley.  An article by fanzine editor Rick Everitt claims that the figure was given by chief executive Katrien Meire in a new year phone conversation with Austrian-based energy drinks Red Bull who have been looking for an English club to add to their portfolio of New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

Orient up for sale

The controversial owner of Leyton Orient, Frsncesco Becchetti, has said that he will consider offers for the club.  One has already been made and rejected.

Orient are in real danger of relegation from the Football League.   The move of West Ham to the London Stadium has casr a shadow across Orient.

A rather exreaordinary statement from the club's chief executive can be found here.