Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- The Spanish state is to seek to suspend soccer federation boss Angel Maria Villar, who is under arrest as part of a corruption investigation, a government spokesman said on Friday.
- The issue of mental health in soccer was thrown back into the spotlight this week as figures released in Norway showed that four in 10 of the nation’s elite soccer players have suffered from anxiety and depression.
- Manchester City have announced the signing of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco on a five-year contract for a fee of around £52m (€57.5m).
- Chelsea have issued an apology to their Chinese supporters after admitting social media posts by Kenedy had caused “great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China”.
- West Ham United have announced the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City on a five-year deal for a club-record fee of up to £25m, with a guaranteed £20m plus an additional £5m in potential add-ons.
- Sheffield United F.C. has agreed a new pouring rights partnership with the UK leading beer and cider business, HEINEKEN.
- The San Jose Earthquakes have struck a deal with Second Spectrum to use its artificial intelligence and player tracking technologies to improve the fan experience and better coach players.
- US-based Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Deportes has secured a deal to live stream coverage of Liga MX, the top flight of Mexican soccer, throughout the 2017/18 season.