Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- European soccer’s governing body is looking again at introducing a Major League Baseball-style luxury tax as it tries to find ways of restricting the continent’s richest teams from hoarding the game’s top talent.
- The paper trail for an $800 million bid by little-known Chinese investors for AC Milan, the seven-time European soccer champions, leads via Luxembourg, Hong Kong and a network of shell companies to the deserted 11th floor of the World Trade Centre in Changxing, two hours west of Shanghai.
- Representatives from Spanish giants FC Barcelona presented its ‘Barça Innovation Hub’ plans to a world audience on Wednesday.
- AFC Bournemouth has agreed a partnership which will see them develop a new-look digital platform set for launch in the summer.
- Barcelona are the only club to provide Chapecoense with financial help after the deadly plane crash that killed players and staff members of the Brazilian side in November, club president Plinio David de Nes Filho said.
- New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch will miss team training in order to begin a UEFA coaching course this week.
- You’re Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez, and you’ve made it your mission to convince Bastian Schweinsteiger – one of the most decorated players in world soccer – to sign for your last-place team. How do you pull it off?
- Everton have cleared the first hurdle in their attempt to build a new stadium on Liverpool’s waterfront by agreeing a deal to purchase land at Bramley Moore dock.
- La Liga has opened a regional office in Singapore. The body, which governs the top two tiers of Spanish domestic soccer, hopes the move will help expand the presence and fanbase of the league in Southeast Asia.