• Owen Oyston has asked for more details before proceeding
• BST plans to divulge more information ‘in due course’

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust will clarify details of its takeover bid to Owen Oyston “in due course” but wants future talks on the proposed £16m leveraged buyout held in private, according to chairman Steve Rowland.

BST published plans to take control at Bloomfield Road earlier this month amid serious unrest among supporters at the Oyston family’s running of the League One club and after previous approaches to the owners went unanswered. On Monday, Oyston posted a thorough response on the club’s website asking BST to answer a range of questions before proceeding any further with the takeover offer.

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• Arsenal manager dismisses claim that he has spent big on players
• Wenger says Chelsea remain the Premier League’s big payers

Arsène Wenger has recommended that José Mourinho check the “real statistics” if he wants to scrutinise Arsenal’s transfer policy, citing his record of developing young players and adding that he does not think it worth listening to the Chelsea manager.

Wenger was responding to Mourinho’s comments about the amount of money that Arsenal have spent trying to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title. Mourinho, beginning his annual campaign to get under Wenger’s skin even earlier than normal this season, had cited the acquisitions of Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy as evidence that Arsenal were not as careful with their money as many people believe.

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• He’s been on our radar for some time, says Tim Sherwood
• Spaniard is third defender Villa have secured this summer

Aston Villa have completed the signing of the Cordoba defender José Ángel Crespo. The 28-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and joins for a reported fee of around £500,000.

Crespo becomes Tim Sherwood’s third defensive signing of the summer – following Micah Richards and Jordan Amavi. “José is a player who has been on our radar for some time and we’re really pleased to secure his signature,” the manager said. “He is an experienced player who has played in La Liga and Serie A, two of the strongest leagues in Europe, and from speaking to him I know he can’t wait to play for Aston Villa.”

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Players’ union chief received package of £3,368,653 last year, up from £1.13m, while the Premier League members he represents averaged only £2.2m

How much is Gordon Taylor paid? Last year he received a pay and benefits package of £3,368,653, made up of his salary, £2,932,615, £31,626 in benefits, and £404,412 in national insurance contributions. In 2013 he received a salary of £1,132,615, NI contributions of £233,775 and benefits of £34,769.

How does this compare with Premier League chief executives, Premier League footballers and other trade union leaders? According to Forbes the best-paid Premier League player is Wayne Rooney, who they estimate received a salary and bonuses last year totalling £12.75m. The average English top-flight player, however, received a comparatively meagre £2.2m in 2014, with players in the Championship averaging £500,000.

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Always up for a spot of schoolboy snickering, The Fiver doesn’t need to be told to get a calculator twice. So when José Mourinho ordered journalists to pick one up and compare the amount of money Chelsea and Arsenal have spent, we were happy to revisit that hilarious schoolboy jape where you turn on your Casio, type in “5318008” and turn it upside down and start giggling at the resulting rude word ... which in this day and age isn’t really rude and anyway, we can just type straight on to our computer screen without having to turn anything upside down. Is it any wonder hardly anyone bothers with calculators these days?

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