1. ITV Report

Premier League clubs to start using Football Manager game to buy players

The game is incredibly popular with football fans. Credit: Football Manager

Premier League football clubs will be assisted in identifying new talent by the computer game Football Manager.

Sports Interactive, which produces the popular series, will begin sharing its large database of information on tens of thousands of players with Prozone Recruiter, an online performance analysis tool used by some of the world's biggest clubs.

Clubs such as Arsenal will now be able to use the system to scout players. Credit: PA Wire

Scouts at Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and others will now be able to access "biographical, contractual and positional" player information collected by over 1,300 scouts over a number of years.

Miles Jacobson, from Sports Interactive, said the company had already heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using the game to help buy players.

New Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal could take advantage of the agreement. Credit: PA Wire

“For years we’ve heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using our data to help with the recruitment process,” he said.

“From now on, it’s official…real managers around the world will be finding and comparing players using data and a search system that will be very familiar to players of Football Manager.”

Football Manager 2015, the next installment of the series, will be released in November 2014.