December 2018 - Soccer Wiretap

Chelsea Announce Record Revenues And Profit For 2018

Dec 31, 2018 4:50 PM

Chelsea have announced a record revenue of over $565 million and a post-tax profit of just under $80 million for the fiscal year ending in June 2018.

The revenue was helped in part by sales of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, as well as broadcast rights and jersey sales.

The 2018 revenue represented a 22.7% increase from last year's figure. 

Liam Twomey/ESPN

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Samir Nasri Signs With West Ham For Rest Of Season

Dec 31, 2018 4:37 PM

Samir Nasri has signed with West Ham after completing an 18-month doping ban.

The 31-year-old is reunited with Manuel Pellegrini. The duo won two Premier League titles at Manchester City. 

“Samir will give us another dimension in our attacking play. He is a very technical player, with excellent quality on the ball, and the ability to create big moments in important matches," said Pellegrini.

The Guardian

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Brek Shea Signs One-Year Deal With Atlanta United

Dec 31, 2018 3:24 PM

Brek Shea has joined Atlanta United on a one-year contract.

The 28-year-old Shea was out of contract after the Vancouver Whitecaps failed to pick up his option. Atlanta will be his fourth team in MLS.

The left winger has 34 caps with the USMNT, although he hasn't played with the national team since October 2015. 

MLS

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Adrien Rabiot Considers Tottenham 'Below' His Level

Dec 31, 2018 3:19 PM

Adrien Rabiot sees himself as above a move to Tottenham in the upcoming transfer window.

Rabiot has been benched after refusing to sign a new deal with PSG.

Barcelona recently denied that they have an agreement for the 23-year-old midfielder. 

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor

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Pep Guardiola: Liverpool Are Best Team In Europe

Dec 30, 2018 5:38 PM

Ahead of their Thursday clash, Pep Guardiola hailed Liverpool as the best team on the continent.

"We have a rival who, at the moment, is the best team in Europe or in the top four in the world and that is Liverpool," said Guardiola.

Guardiola added that his strategy is to hang around in the title race as long as possible and set up for a late-season push.

"If we can sustain our position for as long as possible, we can arrive at the end of the season fighting for the title."

 

David Hytner/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester City, IQ

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Susanna Dinnage Backs Out Of Deal To Become Premier League CEO

Dec 30, 2018 2:19 PM

Susanna Dinnage has backed out of a deal to become the new chief executive of the Premier League.

Dinnage was scheduled to replace Richard Scudamore at the beginning of the year.

Issuing a statement regarding her decision to no longer take up her post, the Premier League said: “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the nominations committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive.”

Dinnage will stay at Discovery.

The Guardian

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Maurizio Sarri On England: You Need A Big Engine

Dec 29, 2018 9:05 PM

Maurizio Sarri said that the biggest difference between the Premier League and Serie A was in the number of sprints per match.

Sarri also distinguished between the quality and quantity of running, saying that while Serie A players run more, Premier League players run with more intensity. 

“In Italy, we run more in terms of quantity. But the difference is the quality. Here, there are more accelerations and the number of them is really very important. There are 1.1 accelerations every minute – over 23, 24 kilometres per hour – and it’s difficult because for these accelerations, you need a very big engine. It is more difficult than in Italy. The quantity of running is higher in Italy or at least the quantity of running of Napoli was more than at Chelsea but the quality is different.”

David Hytner/The Observer

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Bayern Munich Make $25 Million Bid For Callum Hudson-Odoi

Dec 29, 2018 8:57 PM

Bayern Munich have made a second bid for Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi in the range of $25 million.

The 18-year-old striker played a key part in England's U-17 World Cup victory in 2017. His contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020.

Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested in the striker.

Sky Sports

Tags: Bayern Munich, Transfer Rumor

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D.C. United Exploring New Local Television Options

Dec 29, 2018 6:27 PM

With D.C. United's current TV deal with Sinclair Broadcasting Group in an option year, the club are generating interest from multiple outlets for the first time in club history.

D.C. are also planning to sell their TV rights for the first time in lieu of sharing costs with its broadcast partners.

Focused on finding a streaming partner geared towards younger audiences, there is a chance that some D.C. United matches will be shown only online next season. 

Pablo Maurer/The Athletic

Tags: D.C. United, IQ, Video

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Christian Pulisic Reportedly Agrees To Personal Terms With Chelsea

Dec 28, 2018 10:12 PM

Christian Pulisic has agreed to personal terms with Chelsea ahead of a summer move, according to Bild.

The report states that Chelsea will pay Dortmund a $57 million transfer fee for the winger. 

The 20-year-old Pulisic has struggled for playing time this season, scoring just one goal in 11 matches.

Kyle Bonn/NBC Sports

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Misc Rumor

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Ownership Group Lead By Haslam Family Agrees To Purchase Crew
The Haslam group will keep the team in Columbus.

Natasha Anderson/Fox 8 Cleveland

Maurizio Sarri Calls On Chelsea To Decide Future Of Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard's deal expires in 2020 and he has yet to sign an extension despite aggressive attempts from Chelsea.

David Hytner/The Guardian

United Will Consider Massimiliano Allegri As Manager
Massimiliano Allegri has a contract at Juventus until 2020.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Eden Hazard: My Position Is Winger
Hazard added that he and Dries Mertens play two different roles under Maurizio Sarri.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Carlo Ancelotti: Napoli Will Walk Off Field Due To Racist Chants
Ancelotti said he asked the ref to stop their match against Inter on three separate occasions.

SI

Inter To Play Two Matches Behind Closed Doors
The ban was in response to a racially-charged chant directed towards Kalidou Koulibaly.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Juventus Signs $464 Million Jersey Deal With Adidas
The new kit deal lasts through 2027.

Ella Chochrek/Footwear News

LA Galaxy Agree To Deal With Guillermo Barros Schelotto
Schelotto won the MLS Cup as a player with the Columbus Crew in 2008.

ESPN

Pep Guardiola: City Must 'Change The Dynamic' Following Loss
Manchester City have lost three out of their last four league matches.

Paul Doyle/The Guardian

Sigi Schmidt, All-Time Winningest Coach In MLS History, Passes Away
Schmidt won 266 games in 18 seasons, along with two MLS Cup titles.

ESPN

Luka Modric Ranks No. 1 On The Guardian's Top 100 List For 2018
Luka Modric has supplanted Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the top player in the world.

The Guardian

Timothy Weah Will Leave PSG On Six-Month Loan
Timothy Weah is the son of George Weah, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1995.

ESPN

Celtic Sign 15-Year-Old Karamoko Dembele
Dembele made his U-20 debut for Celtic at the age of 13-years-old.

The Guardian

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Out Six Weeks With Foot Injury
Arsenal have already lost several key players due to injury in recent weeks.

RealGM Staff Report

Maurizio Sarri Wants To Hire Sports Psychologist
Sarri expressed concerns for how his team reacted mentally after going down to both Leicester City and Wolves.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Paul Pogba Thanks Jose Mourinho For Trophies
Pogba was widely ridiculed for a social media post immediately following Mourinho's firing.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Frank De Boer Appointed New Atlanta United Manager
Replacing Tata Martino, de Boer is the second manager in club history.

Atlanta United Communications/ATLUTD.com

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: United Were Too Congested At Times
United scored five goals in Solskjaer's managerial debut with the club.

Simon Stone/BBC

Santiago Solari Credits Zinedine Zidane After Club World Cup Title
Real Madrid have now won three straight Club World Cup titles.

Jamie Smith/Goal

Sean Dyche Calls Out Arsenal For 'Absolute Cheating'
Dyche was frustrated with Arsenal's diving in their 3-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium.

David Hytner/The Guardian