Manchester City may win the Premier League this weekend, but next season isn’t going to be any easier as they could be hit with a £50m fine for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules, resulting in a huge setback, Daily Star reports.
Apart from being hit with the hefty fine that could cancel all of the club’s ongoing transfer offers, they could also be forced to send a reduced team into the Champions League.
If the billionaire owners face the punishment, they may have to cancel their £45m deal to sign Porto pair Fernando and Elliaquim Mangala, one which looked to be agreed upon.
Manuel Pellegrini could even lose Mangala to Manchester United as their rivals have also declared interest in signing the highly rated French defender.
The City board have declined to make any official statements regarding the issue, but is believed to be fighting the claim as they are currently seeking legal advice.
If they face squad reductions, from 25 to 21 players, it could be very costly in their bid to win the Champions League due to the fact that they would still need to pick eight locally-trained players despite the impeachment, resulting in a lessened squad depth.
With this in mind, Pellegrini may need to keep some of the home-grown players such as Jack Rodwell, Micah Richards, and James Milner, all of whom were said to be leaving the club in the summer.