According to L’Equipe, Tottenham Hotspur could agree a £53m deal with Olympique Lyonnais for Tanguy NDombele. The French midfielder, who has represented his country at u21 level, is the subject of a £35m bid from Spurs, but Lyon are requesting nearly £20m more for his signature. NDombele joined Lyon on loan from SC Amiens last […]
Category: Premier League
The Premier League is an English professional league for men’s association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country’s primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL; known as “The Football League” before 2016–17). Welsh clubs that compete in the English football league system can also qualify.
The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May. Teams play 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away), totalling 380 matches in the season. Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; others during weekday evenings. It is colloquially known as the Premiership and outside the UK it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).
The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, which was founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. The deal was worth £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with BSkyB and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively. The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights. In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.
The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000, second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga’s 43,500. Most stadium occupancies are near capacity. The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.
While 47 clubs have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only six have won the title: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (5), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Leicester City (1). The current champions are Leicester City, who won the title in 2015–16.
It was a case of so close yet so far for Manchester United in 2017/18. The Red Devils were ‘best of the rest’ behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City but finished 19 points shy of their bitter rivals. To make matters worse, United fell short against Jose Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in May’s FA Cup final, […]
Arsenal confirm they have agreed a new ‘long-term’ deal for midfielder Granit Xhaka. The 25-year-old recently completed his second season at the Emirates and featured in all 38 of the Gunners’ Premier League games. Xhaka had a difficult start to life at Arsenal in 2016 but had a much-improved campaign in 2017/18 which has earned […]
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will be exiting the club this summer, with the Sky Blues choosing to let his deal run down. The 35-year-old has been named on City’s released list submitted to the Premier League and will be on his way out in the coming weeks. Manchester City’s released list Diallo, Sadou Duhaney, […]
According to Football Italia, Chelsea could agree a £17.5m deal with Juventus for Daniele Rugani. The 23-year-old has an uncertain future with the Old Lady and could be on the move this summer after Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia had a meeting with Juventus director Fabio Paratici. Rugani joined Juventus from Empoli in 2015 and has […]
Santi Cazorla is set to exit the Emirates this summer after Arsenal submitted their released list to the Premier League. Per Mertesacker is also out of contract but he has taken on a new non-playing role in the academy. Arsenal’s released list for 2017/18 Bola, Marc Joel Cazorla, Santiago Crean, Alexander Felix Eyoma, Aaron Jordan […]
Emre Can will be on his way out of Anfield this summer after Liverpool submitted their released list to the Premier League. Can, Emre Correia Gomes, Toni Dhanda, Yan Firth, Andrew Flanagan, Jonathan Neves Alves, Paulo Manuel Parker, Mich’El Williams, Michael Jordan Can, a German international, is on the verge of completing a move to […]
Midfielders Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will see their playing days at Old Trafford coming to an end this summer after Manchester United submitted their released list to the Premier League. Carrick, Michael Johnstone, Max Oliver Kenyon, Jake Barry Moutha-Sebtaoui, Ilias Redmond, Devonte Vincent Richardson, Theo Huw Riley, Joe Scott, Charlie Thomas Carrick is hanging […]
According to Sky in Italy, Chelsea are in talks with Atletico Madrid over defender Stefan Savic. The 27-year-old has become a regular with the Rojiblancos since joining in 2015 from Fiorentina. Chelsea are looking to bolster their backline as the future of David Luiz is unknown. Luiz had a fallout with manager Antonio Conte last […]
According to Bild, Arsenal are set to agree a £22m deal with Bayer Leverkusen for goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The 26-year-old will be Unai Emery’s second signing since being appointed manager and will challenge Petr Cech for a starting place next season. His arrival would also raise questions over the future of David Ospina who has […]