Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Target is now the official partner and kit sponsor, joining MNUFC in a multi-year deal that will showcase the Target bullseye logo prominently on the 2017 kits.
- Manchester United have deposed Real Madrid as the world’s richest soccer club after revenue grew to a record $735 million in 2015-16, according to Deloitte’s annual Money League published on Thursday.
- Brazilian soccer giants Santos have announced Swedish car manufacturer Volvo as their new automotive partner.
- Indonesian over-the-top (OTT) broadcast platform Super Soccer has been announced as a regional partner for Italian soccer champions Juventus.
- Italian soccer side Genoa CFC have named Eviva as their matchday jersey sponsor through to the completion of the 2016/17 season.
- Arsenal have taken up the option to extend captain Per Mertesacker’s contract by a year, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
- Manchester United have agreed to sell Memphis Depay to Lyon for around €17m (£14.75m), with the fee potentially rising to €25m if a series of add-ons are triggered.
- Patrick Bamford has joined Middlesbrough on a permanent transfer from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, thought to be £6m, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal.
- More than 200 reports of historical sex abuse against 83 young footballers are being investigated by Cheshire police.