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Manchester City, Chelsea… are these the models for other clubs?

Date: 11th February 2014 at 6:26pm
Written by Christy Malyan

The world of football is changing, or to be more specific, the chaotic world of the transfer market is changing. The incoming Financial Fair Play laws, proposed by UEFA and officially ratified in the Premier League in April 2013, will restrict English clubs from making losses more than £105million in the space of three years. In a climate where Real Madrid are willing to spend £86million on a single player alone, this may well seem an inconceivable challenge. And  for clubs such as Manchester City  and Chelsea, who have spent over £100million each on new players this season alone,  many will expect FFP to claim casualties in terms of points deductions or exclusion from the Champions League - the two biggest penalties for failing to commit to UEFA's plan of instigating a more sensible era of transfer spending in Europe. But it's the Premier League's tribe of billionaire backed clubs, namely the Citizens and the Blues, who are leading the way of innovation to curtail the financial restrictions of FFP without compromising their ability to spend. Both are rapidly changing their approaches to the transfer market, even if their outward spending may not represent this, providing two incredibly interesting transfer models that other clubs will soon feel obliged to follow. The Chelsea project has been in effect for some time, but only recently have it's true benefits come to light. Over the last few years, the West Londoners have filled their reserve ranks with a surplus of prominent youngsters, cherry picked throughout Europe for relatively modest fees. The result has been ... Read More

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