Sterling transfer not enough to stop Liverpool falling £19.8m into the red

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By David Owen

March 1 – Liverpool, one of five clubs locked in a fight for Champions League places behind runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea, tumbled back into the red in the 2015-16 financial year. The club reported a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million, versus a profit of £60 million last time, when it was the Premiership’s most profitable club.

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Chinese march on the Saints gets a rival second column

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By Paul Nicholson

February 23 – Chinese interest in acquiring Premier League Southampton looks to have doubled with a reported £246 million bid from materials giant Amer International and CITIC Securities to rival the Lander Sports Development bid of £200 million that was rejected by the club’s owner Katarina Liebherr.

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Man Utd revenues boosted by jump in TV and match day monies

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By Paul Nicholson

February 9 – Broadcast and match-day revenues have driven another set of improved Manchester United financial results with revenue of £157.9 million for the quarter ending December 31, a £24 million increase on the same quarter in 2015. For the sixth month period Man Utd are up almost £21 million on the comparable 2015 figure, to £278.1 million.

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Media giant A+E buys stake in NWSL in the US

February 3 – Media group A+E Networks has bought a stake in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the US which will see its women’s entertainment brand Lifetime become a sponsor of the league in a three-year deal beginning in April. A+E will will also launch a joint venture company – NWSL Media – to market commercial rights.

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