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  • Jlock Jlock May 4, 2012 13:25 Flag

    uncertain times ahead

    Be interesting to know what Citeh's wage bill is as FIFA's fair play is an attempt to stop this sort of thing. OK, if a club earns £100m from footie, then they can spend that, so it doesn't stop 'big club'::'small club' altogether (especially given how much the CL pays compared to domestic competitions), but at least it means a club can't spend more than it's earning and rely upon the funds provided by a benefactor.

    From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2066802/Man-City-squad-sale-Mancini-forced-cut-20-players.html
    '....City have 63 players on their books at present and are hoping to streamline that to around 40 over the next two transfer windows.

    Results for the 2010-11 financial year, City's wage bill was £174million, £21m higher than turnover while Under FFP rules state that clubs are not allowed to post losses more than £39.5m over the three years in which it is assessed.


    Maybe offering Ade, De Jong and Johnson in exchange cuts their wage bill by the amount they're allegedly offering for Bale - so for them it's a nett break even on wages.