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Arsenal season ticket hike angers fans

Arsenal's decision to increase 8,000 of their Platinum ticket prices at the Emirates by 3 per cent (above the rate of inflation) from next season has angered fans.   Club level seats range from £2,910 in the corner to £5,755 on the halfway line.

Premiership clubs make profit in transfer window

Premier League clubs made a net profit of £4m in the transfer window compared with a loss of £109m last year, according to figures from the Premier League. This January's transfer window saw the biggest spend ever of £237m, compared with £178m last year. Sales amounted to £241m.

According to figures from Deloitte Sports Business, the gross spend by Premier League clubs in the 2016/17 season totals £1.4 billion, surpassing the previous record of £1 billion by more than a third.

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.

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.

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.

Big success for Brand Beckham

David and Victoria Beckham received more than £15m in dividends last year after profits at their business empire rose by 400 per cent.   The couple have cashed in £28.1m in dividends in the last three years.

Beckham Brand Holdings recorded a pre-tax profit of £39.5m on revenue of £47.1m in the year to 31 December.   This was up from a profit of £9.9m on £51.5m of revenue in 2014.   The company could be worth £316m with the Beckhams' share worth about £208m.

Mayor to probe London Stadium finances

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is to set up a high-powered team to investigate what happened with the finances of the London Stadium, the new home of West Ham United.   Several independent companies have been approached to undertake the work.

United top money league

The latest edition of the Deloitte Money League has appeared.  Aggregate revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs rose 12% to €7.4 billion (£5.5 billion) in 2015/16, a new record, with three clubs breaking the €600m barrier.   The infographic below shows the evolution of the Money League over the last twenty years.

China cracks down on foreign players

China has cut the number of foreign players allowed to play in each football match from four to three per team, although five will be allowed in the match day squad (one has to be Asian).   There will also have to be one Chinese player under 23 on the pitch.