By Tony Attwood
In the early days of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play there was a bit of a battle on this site between those of us in favour of FFP’s aims and some Manchester City supporters who argued that FFP was illegal and would be thrown out by the courts.
It wasn’t and nothing happened, not least because the court case had already been and gone. But Manchester City did manage to by-pass FFP eventually, just as PSG did, and so after a year of restraint the money poured forth, and Uefa stopped trying – for a while.
But they are going to have another go this summer, and the prompting for this new look has come from Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs concerned about the runaway finances of PSG and Manchester City, and the escalating bids for TV rights in the Premier League, which are not being matched elsewhere.
The new idea simplifies the arrangements by saying that no club in Europe can make a transfer loss of 100m euros a season. Indeed it is the possibility of this deal coming to pass that is part of the reason for clubs with mega-deals from sponsors rushing around and buying lots of players at the moment. They don’t necessarily want them all, but if the new arrangements come in, in May, they will have some unwanted high cost players they can flog, in order to keep the losses on transfers next time around down to the 100m euro mark.
This is also a way of containing the possibility that the TV deal will take an unexpected turn next time around with an organisation like Facebook or Google or Amazon taking a lot of the games, and offering them in ways that were never imagined before.
What the new system will do is allow clubs to go on spending lots of money bringing in and then sacking managers (it is said that Chelsea have spent over £80m in pay-offs to managers since Abramovich took over the club). All the new FFP deals in is the ins and outs of transfer fees.
One of the interesting side effects could be that there will be less of a market in players aged 30+ whose value declines very quickly. And it does mean that huge expenditure on one player could be reduced. Indeed prices might even start to come down – which would confuse everyone.
So, is there anything else as we look among the ashes of the fires that burned so bright yesterday? Well, there is a reminder that some players have minds of their own, as with the news that Allardyce found that footballers didn’t do what he said!!!
Apparently Ademola Lookman joined RB Leipzig when the Large One didn’t want him to while Davy Klaassen didn’t go to Napoli even though the deal was arranged because there was a tiff between the player and one or more of his representatives working on his behalf!
And gradually the media is waking up to the fact that Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan used to play in the same team with Aub sending Mk a message to say a message ‘great to link up again bro’. In his first interview he emphasised the fact with, ‘Finally I am really happy to be here of course I can join Miki in this team.’
Also, at least for a day or two, the emphasis changes. I thought the headline “How long before Alexis Sanchez and Mourinho fall out?” from Arsenal Fever made a welcome change, and the Telegraph’s “Why can’t Jose Mourinho get a tune out of Paul Pogba?” gave me a laugh.
Manchester City are of course in deflection mode as always as the headline “Bernardo Silva urges referees to clamp down on X-rated challenges amid Man City concern over lack of protection” shows.
But Arsenal were engaged in activity, as so, quite possibly by Premier League Rules and Regulations there has to be a negative around. 101 Great Goals found it with “Arsenal’s paltry last-ditch offer for Jonny Evans revealed.”
And just in case you missed it, the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup final is coming up with Arsenal playing Manchester City. The game is on March 14, kick-off 7.00pm at Adams Park, where Wycombe Wanderers and Reading’s WSL teams play. The game will be shown on Facebook.
And we have the first predictions for the line up on Saturday evening. It looks like this
Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal;
Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang
And going along with that a suggestion of how the Under 23 team will line up now a number of players have gone out on loan. Thanks to Jeorge Bird’s website for this
Osei Tutu, Mavropanos, Medley, T. Bola
Dragomir, Nelson, Smith-Rowe
Zelalem is now back and recovering from his multiple injury issues. We’re hopingto see him again soon.
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