The Fernandez deal took Chelsea's spending since last summer past the £550m barrier and broke the previous British transfer record, set by Manchester City following the signing of Jack Grealish for £100m in August 2021. It represents a massive return on investment for Benfica, who had only just signed the player in August 2022 for a fee reported to be around £8m. In announcing the deal, Benfica kept it very businesslike and strangely didn't include a farewell for the player.
GENEVA (AP) — A little-loved member of FIFA’s family of soccer tournaments for so long, the latest Club World Cup starts Wednesday as a seven-team event two years after that format was due to have been abolished and two years before an ambitious revamp with up to 32 teams. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has wanted since being elected to lead soccer's world governing body in 2016 to create a bigger and better version of its only club tournament, an event he once valued at potentially worth $3 bi
The gross spend was 90 per cent higher than the previous record of £430m in 2018 and almost triple the previous January window (£295m).