MAN UTD IN PRE-SEASON TOUR CASH WINDFALL
Manchester United might not have made any notable signings so far this summer, but their cash tills are ringing.
The Red Devils have clocked over 26,000 miles in pre-season, travelling to Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong as part of their preparations for the 2013-14 campaign.
And thanks to a succession of tie-ups in the Far East in particular, the Red Devils have banked around £4 million this summer.
Along with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, United’s brand remains one of the strongest in world football, with millions of supporters across the globe.
Monday’s meeting with AIK in Stockholm was a further example of the club’s powerful sponsorship strategy, with the Premier League champions’ various partners splashed on all the hoardings for what was effectively an away fixture.
– Paul Clennam
NEWCASTLE PAYING FULL WAGE FOR REMY LOAN
Loic Remy signed for Newcastle on a season-long loan this week only after the Premier League club agreed to pay his whopping £80,000-a-week wages in full.
The 26-year-old agreed to join the Magpies from QPR for the campaign as he felt that he needed to be playing in the top flight to boost his chances of playing with France at the World Cup next summer.
Newcastle wanted the Rs to pay a significant portion of Remy’s wages but eventually agreed to pay the former Marseille man’s salary in full.
Remy’s preference was to move to Tottenham, who are long-term admirers of the versatile forward, but the Londoners’ interest was only lukewarm.
Spurs were also unwilling to pay his salary in full, while QPR accepted that the rape allegations that Remy is facing meant that no club would meet their £5 million asking price.
– Greg Stobart
Sergio Aguero shocked Manchester City fans this week when they heard him speak English at an outside event.
And they can get used to more of the same from him and his fellow Spanish-speaking team-mates in the future.
Aguero impressed around 6000 fans on stage at a City Live event by thanking fans for their support and how his English is improving.
New boss Manuel Pellegrini, a perfect English speaker himself, has told the likes of Aguero, Silva, plus summer signings, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, how important it is to speak the lingo, so the fans can relate to them even more.
– Paul Clennam
WEST HAM TO LEAVE IT LATE FOR PARKER REUNION
West Ham are ready to wait until the final week of the transfer window to move to re-sign former captain Scott Parker from Tottenham.
Spurs are listening to offers for the veteran, with QPR manager Harry Redknapp keen to reunite with the midfielder.
Parker, however, is hoping for better offers and is aware of interest from West Ham, whom he left for White Hart Lane in 2011 following the east London club’s relegation to the Championship.
The 32-year-old is settled in London and would welcome a return to Upton Park and the opportunity for regular football, with his chances likely to be limited following the arrival of Paulinho and with Etienne Capoue also set to join Spurs from Toulouse.
Spurs want between £4-5m for Parker but the Hammers believe that they can strike a deal late in the window for around half their rivals’ asking price.
– Greg Stobart