Man City’s deals that never happened
In the Daily Mail on Tuesday, columnist Martin Samuel reveals that Man City manager Pep Guardiola is growing increasingly miffed about the club’s signings.
How is that even possible? As pointed out by Samuel, Man City have the most “expensively assembled squad in Europe.”
The latest player being targeted by Man City is Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong.
However the Sky Blues could end up missing out on De Jong if he opts to join Barcelona or PSG instead.
Were that to happen, De Jong would just be the latest big named player to give Man City the swerve.
Previously, Chelsea beat City to signing Jorginho.
Man United have also beaten Man City to couple of deals: both Alexis Sanchez and Fred chose United over City.
Man United & Liverpool
Martin Samuel notes that Man City haven’t shelled out fees in the way Man United and Liverpool have:
City still do not have a defender as expensive as Van Dijk, a midfielder as expensive as Paul Pogba, or a striker as costly as Romelu Lukaku.
Even Ederson, their goalkeeper, is half the price of Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea.
A list of the world’s most expensive signings stretches to 16 names before City appear as a buying club, by which time Liverpool and Chelsea have appeared once each and United three times.
Jose Mourinho, FFP & Man City
It’s also worth noting that Jose Mourinho appeared to reveal how Man City, unlike Man United, are constrained by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules more greatly than others.
The case is made that FFP is a bigger problem for the emerging clubs in world football, not the established order.
Last week Mourinho made the following statements about FFP and Man City:
(Man United’s progress) depends on our evolution but also others’ evolution. If the ones above us keep going in the same direction and if their ambition and investment is continuous, that’s one thing.
Another thing is if they stop, or if the Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.
Martin Samuel believes Mourinho lifted the veil on the unfair impact of FFP on teams like Man City:
FFP, quite nakedly, is now being used to limit the ambitions and potential of upstart interlopers.
It is there to stop City, so that United can be the best team again, can make even more money, and pull further away from the regulations that are in place to thwart any inferior with the dream of taking them on.