Premier League won't screen 3 pm Saturday matches - Scudamore

Ross Houston
August 11, 2017

Scudamore believes that the amount handed over to sign Neymar will be a one-off, which he puts down purely to the spending power on show from the Parisians' mega-rich Qatari owners.

He added to BBC Radio 5 live: "I can't see anything like that [in the Premier League]".

"When the previous record was £89 million (for Paul Pogba), to suddenly go to £200 million, that's something else going on there".

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has insisted that he is "glad" an English club did not rival Paris Saint-Germain to sign Neymar.

"We have rules in place that ensure the clubs are sustainable, clearly you can not pay the absolute top dollar for every player".

Hot on the heels of Ireland's most-capped player Robbie Keane joining Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions ATK, former Irish goalkeeper Shay Given has also kept his "doors open" for a stint in the cash-rich football league.

"I've been around for a long time - 19 years doing this - and when I started Manchester United won it three times in a row".

"That generates income, that income is then invested and clubs have always pretty much spent what they can on acquiring talent and then on other infrastructure, like stadia and community schemes". Outside of this year, generally, Arsenal plays in the UEFA Champions league.

While Hammers fans fare well compared to other London clubs, Stoke City supporters will spend the least this season on tickets and petrol at just £1,362. It does mean there are 10, 12, 14 teams potentially capable of winning the league - although probably the bookmakers don't quite see it that way. Each club now has a capability through the finances of the league to put together a very decent squad. "As a player you want better players coming in as it benefits the club".

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