According to The S*n, Juventus could agree a surprise deal for Arsenal’s departing midfielder Jack Wilshere. The English international recently announced he will be leaving the club after 17 years this summer and has a host of clubs keen to procure his signature. Juve recently signed Liverpool’s Emre Can and surprisingly want the injury-prone playmaker […]
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.
Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi believes Chelsea will agree a deal for Miralem Pjanic this summer. He’s also expecting ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to make the switch to Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte is still manager of the Blues, but Sarri should replace him in the coming weeks when compensation packages are agreed. Pjanic could be […]
According to The S*n, Celtic will agree a £7m deal with Southampton for Stuart Armstrong. The 26-year-old is expected to exit Parkhead from St Mary’s within 48 hours. It’s a major blow for Brendan Rodgers as Armstrong had nailed down a starting place in the Celtic side last season and was a standout performer. But […]
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool could agree a £26.4m deal with Lazio for Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. The 23-year-old could be a replacement for Loris Karius this summer, and Lazio have given them a major boost in their pursuit of signing him by lining up Anderlecht’s Proto as Strakosha’s potential replacement. The Serie A-based stopper has […]
According to AS, Arsenal could agree a deal with FC Porto for defender Miguel Layun. The 29-year-old, who has spent the last season on loan with Sevilla, is valued at £5.5m and is a natural right-back who can also play on the left when called upon. Layun has made 80 appearances for the Portuguese outfit […]
According to The S*n, Liverpool could agree a deal with Aston Villa for Jack Grealish. The Reds are keen to bring the 22-year-old to Anfield this summer, although Tottenham Hotspur remain interest in his services also. Grealish could be on his way out of Villa Park after the Midlands outfit failed to earn promotion back […]
According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, with the two clubs unable to agree on an asking price for the 27-year-old. Man City pulled the plug on a deal back in January when Leicester requested £95m for the Algerian international […]
According to the Mirror, Manchester City are nearing a deal with Napoli for Jorginho. The 26-year-old will cost the Sky Blues around £46.5m and will be somewhat of a replacement for Yaya Toure who was released this summer. Pep Guardiola doesn’t appear to be doing a lot of business ahead of next season, but Jorginho […]
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United could agree a £60m deal with Chelsea for Willian. Jose Mourinho has long admired the 29-year-old and could finally be reunited with him this summer. United appear to be strengthening their attack for next season, while Willian has previously hinted he could leave the Blues after they endured […]
According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Arsenal have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen for goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The Gunners will pay £19.2m for the 26-year-old who is yet to undergo a medical. Leno should be confirmed an Arsenal player this week. His arrival is likely to mean one of Petr Cech or David Ospina […]