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Keeping Sanchez is a long-term decision

Arsenal's refusal to sell Alexis Sanchez is influenced by long-term economic factors.  With Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain interested, they could probably get £50m for him now, whereas they will receive nothing when his contract expires in a year's time.

Sanchez had indicated that he wanted to leave the club in an interview last weekend, citing a desire to play in the Champions League next season.

Why we haven't yet seen the £100m player

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.

EFL to revisit fit and proper persons test

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

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.

Premier League clubs lose £876,000 a day

Vysyble has released the 2nd edition of its football finance report entitled ‘We’re So Rich It’s Unbelievable! – The Illusion of Wealth Within Football.’ The report covers the economic performance of the participant clubs in the English Premier League from 2008-9 to 2015-16 (the latest accounting period) ie 34 clubs. Over 260 individual club balance sheets were analysed as part of the research process.

Spurs deny takeover talk

Tottenham Hotspur have denied speculation about a takeover of the club.  In a statement on its website the club said, ' The Club engaged Rothschild  to secure the funding for the new stadium. As expected many proposals came forward including bank debt and equity investment. The Club announced on 31 May 2017 the completion of the bank debt financing for the new stadium with a consortium of banks involving Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited, Goldman Sachs Bank USA and HSBC Bank plc.

The preferred mobile operator for footballers

Reports of the High Court hearing involving Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley have largely focused on the drinking sessions associated with business meetings.   However, one piece of information that slipped out was about a confidential mobile phone company used by footballers and club owners like Mike Ashley.

Shropshire-based Sports Mobile offer bespoke VIP service.   Players want the new iPhone as soon as it comes out and they make sure that players get it before everyone else.

Big boost in Championship television coverage

There will be a big increase in the number of Championship matches shown live on television according to a tender document issued by the English Football League.  

The EFL would allow the number of league games broadcast live to almost treble from 112 to 324 matches a season in 2019-20. Up to 228 of the 552 Championship matches would be live, compared with 92 at present.

The quiet transfer deadline

The frantic transfer deadline with all its hype and television coverage is at the end of August.  First, however, there is a 'quiet' transfer deadline when managers look at the squads that have reassembled for training at the beginning of July and assess the gaps.

Of course, some clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United like to do their business early.   United are hopeful that they will get most of their targets soon, but Chelsea are only now nearing a breakthrough or two.

Sunderland takeover talks fail

Talks with a German consortium for the takeover of Sunderland have ended in failure.   The club set a time limit on the talks so that preparations could begin for next season and have now brought in Simon Grayson as manager.