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GUARDIAN – Premier League clubs paid out over £115m in agents fees in past year

• Chelsea alone spend £16,771,328 on agents• Burnley pay out the least with £711,024Premier League clubs paid 115m to agents over a 12-month period that includes the two most recent transfer windows. The figure represents a leap from the 96m spent the previous year.Chelsea gave the most to agents (16,771,328), followed by Liverpool (14,308,444) and Manchester City (12,811,946). Tottenham were the only other club to break the eight-figure barrier, paying out 10,983,011, while Arsenal’s figure was 4,293,407. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Said & Done: West Hams roof; 97 breakfasts; and Deportivo Morón

Also featuring: Helicopters and yachts, Brendan Rodgers, and what happens when you insult Tomás Boy1) Russia 2018s head Alexey Sorokin floating a new tough line on racism: While there are individual outbreaks of these undesired tendencies, it cannot be regarded as a trend in our country. 2) Russias sports minister Vitaly Mutko: Why should we be singled out? A lot of dark-skinned players play in Russia. I dont really see any problems. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool sold £50,000-worth of Mario Balotelli shirts on day striker signed

Chief executive Ian Ayre reveals spike in shirt sales Speaking at seminar called How to run a club successfully Paul Doyle: Balotelli shows he can work hard for LiverpoolLiverpool sold 50,000-worth of Mario Balotelli shirts on the day he joined from Milan, according to the clubs chief executive Ian Ayre.Speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, and at a seminar entitled How to run a club successfully, Ayre revealed that the 16m transfer began to generate a return on day one of Balotellis Anfield career. The 50,000-worth of shirts would work out at approximately 770 adult shirts at 65 apiece. Continue reading…

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