I'd like to pass myself off as some sort of Mystic Meg but a couple of good mates of mine are senior guys at the Premier League and were working on the deal, we'd discussed it. Sorry!!Just watched the news! They did indeed roll the contracts over with ‘Govt approval’ to dispense with any bidding process! You were bang on the money!!
If I was being really mischievious I'd get involved in the annual "who will we get in the first game of the season" thread. They have it on their laptops about a week before the fixtures are released!!