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That's a bit like when Jon proclaimed to be a professional fortune teller because he predicted and went on and on about David Moyes getting the sack 10 months in advance.

Oi! Less of that, young man.

Glad we've finally announced him though. Now we can get on with strengthening the squad.

Quite exciting, isn't it?

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I should imagine that's the total amount should you reach the final.

..from wiki

Prize money[edit]

As of 2012–13, UEFA awards €2.1 million to each team in the play-off round. For reaching the group stage, UEFA awards a base fee of €8.6 million. A win in the group is awarded €1 million and a draw is worth €500,000. In addition, UEFA pays teams reaching the first knockout round €3.5 million, each quarter-finalist €3.9 million, €4.9 million for each semi-finalist, €6.5 million for the runners-up and €10.5 million for the winners.[55]

  • Playoffs: €2,100,000
  • Base fee for group stage: €8,600,000
  • Group match victory: €1,000,000
  • Group match draw: €500,000
  • Round of 16: €3,500,000
  • Quarter-finals: €3,900,000
  • Semi-finals: €4,900,000
  • Losing finalist: €6,500,000
  • Winning the Final: €10,500,000

A large part of the distributed revenue from the UEFA Champions League is linked to the "market pool", the distribution of which is determined by the value of the television market in each country. For the 2012–13 season, Juventus, who were eliminated in the quarter-finals, earned nearly €65.3 million in total, of which €20.5 million was prize money, compared with the €55.0 million earned by Bayern Munich, who won the tournament and were awarded €35.9 million in prize money.[56]

The thing that we don't know, and probably never will, are all the little "extras" which come with the Champions League, particularly sponsorship. Manchester United can command such insanely high fees for sponsorship deals because of the exposure they can give to brands and a huge part of that is being in the big cup. I wonder how the deals are structured, is there a flat fee for having Brand X as your main shirt sponsor which then gets inflated by all kinds of add on's like Champions League football? It wouldn't be surprising to assume those bonuses were taken for granted at United because the team hit their targets so regularly but maybe Nike and General Motors will be getting a bit of a discount next year.

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The Express reckon we've agreed a deal for Kroos:


The Red Devils have been in talks with the Bundesliga champions over a suitable deal for the last two months, but David Moyes' sacking created an obstacle.

However, reports claim the deal has made significant progression after Louis Van Gaal formally replaced the Scot on Monday, with the 'principles of an agreement' now in place.

The Germany midfielder is approaching the final year of his contract and Bayern are looking to sell to avoid Kroos leaving on a free next summer.

And the Dutch boss is keen to make the 24-year-old one of his first signings as he looks to rebuild a broken United.

Van Gaal is understood to have a £200m budget to play with in the summer, with both the midfield and defence desperately in need of new talent.

Next season United will be without Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan), Rio Ferdinand (free) and long-term attacker Ryan Giggs, who will take the position on Van Gaal's assistant manager.

Left-back Patrice Evra could also be on his way out of Old Trafford, with Luke Shaw reportedly close to signing as his replacement from Southampton.

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Yeah, I doubt there's a deal in place. This is one of those pieces of "we broke it first" guesswork.

I wouldn't be surprised if we did sign Krus, but we're going to be waiting a while to find out for sure, I reckon. This is also guesswork.

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That would be a wildly successful transfer window by recent United standards.

We do need another centre-back or two (one starting XI, one squad), but it's harsh to suggest that Evans and Smalling don't have quality. Evans in particular is very underrated; his loss to injury was felt pretty keenly this season.

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Do you reckon we'll be making signings before the World Cup then? I'd much rather the business was done early, so we can have a fun summer laughing at England's inadequacies and not be having to worry about another transfer shambles like last season.

It's the least they can do for us.

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i think that's the plan, isn't it? there seems to be an intention to get any business done early. Kroos and Shaw would certainly be a good start, but i don't know what to believe at the moment. something about the Kroos reports makes me suspicious that there's nothing of substance behind it. i hope i'm wrong, as he seems to be a good player. if you look at the reports of "imminent" signings that are floating around, only the Shaw one seems really likely. everything else seems to be based on either a previous rumour from last january, or even last summer (Kroos, Vidal, Fabregas) or just a list of Dutch players Van Gaal is apparently bringing with him. i really hope we're not going to sign Robben, by the way. i don't think i could ever warm to him. it'd be like us signing Darth Vader, Joseph Fritzl, or Luis Saurez.

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