Deadline Day: The Inside Story of Football's Transfer Market

Jim White, Kaveh Solhekol

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From the publisher:

'The best football book of the year. A must-read for anyone who loves football' Harry Redknapp

Football used to be a sport. Then it became a business.

Now it's a whole industry. For three months every year football clubs buy and sell human beings. People who are so good at their job that others are willing to pay millions and millions of pounds to work with them, and for good reason; the right deal can help you win football's top prizes while the wrong deal can cost you your job and bankrupt your club.

It's a fast-paced, at times murky and cutthroat world worth billions - and Jim White and Kaveh Solhekol have been at the heart of it for decades. In Deadline Day, Jim and Kaveh, two leading transfer market experts, take us behind the scenes of this uniquely tense and secretive world where the winner takes it all. They uncover what really happens in this game within the game where everything is for sale at the right price.

And that's a price that's being paid by some of the richest people and countries on the planet, including billionaire US investors and Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia who have money to burn. Jim reveals what led him into journalism, and specifically what it takes to break the biggest stories and make it in the footballing world. Featuring a colourful cast of iconic players, managers, agents and owners - such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Sir Alex Ferguson to name a few - Jim recounts some of the most game-changing deals in history, as well as the ones that got away.

Perceptive, entertaining and dynamically told, Deadline Day addresses some of the big questions facing the game in a definitive, never-before-told inside story of football's transfer window.

The author:

Jim White is the face and voice of football's transfer window. He is widely recognised as one of the people who invented the phenomenon that is 'Deadline Day'. He has presented all forty-two Deadline Days live on TV and radio since they were first introduced in the 2002/03 season. He is also an award-winning broadcaster whose eponymous talkSPORT show attracts 1.2 million listeners every weekday.

Kaveh Solhekol is the chief reporter at Sky Sports. He has been covering the biggest football stories on TV and in national newspapers for the past two decades. He has also been Sky Sports' chief news reporter and a sports journalist at The Times.


Arena Sports
20 x 13 cm
304 pages
May 2016