There is no shortage of reasons and speculations why Manchester City opted not to sign former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez.
Looking at the Telegraph’s analysis of spending between Manchester City and Manchester United, it’s not far fetched to consider the possibility of UEFA opening a Financial Fair Play investigation into City should they have outbid Manchester United’s £100 million offer.
Deloitte’s annual Money League Report – a ranking of revenue generated by the world’s most succesful football clubs.
It puts Manchester United at the top of the pyramid, ahead of F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid, with a “record revenue of €689m (£515.3m) reflected strong growth across all three revenue categories (matchday, broadcast and commercial), boosted by the club’s return to the UEFA Champions League and new commercial partnerships.”
Deloitte estimates Manchester United’s revenues at €689 million vs. Manchester City’s €524 million, a difference of €165 million.
No wonder Manchester United were better suited and prepared to put together an unparalleled financial package to make Alexis Sanchez the next legendary number 7.
The financial power of Manchester United in contrast to Manchester City’s paints a more penetrating insight into City’s exit from the race for #Alexis7 than a simple “instability” as Pep Guardiola said in a recent press conference.
Actually, at minute 6:05 Pep Guardiola discusses how summer 2017’s are incomparable to this January 2018 Transfer window. Guardiola expects the prices during summer 2018 and 2019 to rise further.
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City’s expectation of rising prices over the next two years raises more questions and suspicions about their (mis)handling of the Alexis Sanchez deal!
PSG is already under investigation by UEFA for FFP reasons after the signing of Neymar. Having already spent nearly £367, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will be hard-pressed to justify accounting an additional £100 million – that is assuming the bidding and the final deal remained at £100 million when two clubs are vying for the same player of Alexis Sanchez’s caliber.
Last year, La Liga’s President accused PSG and Manchester City for ‘financial doping.’ So any move by Manchester City to strike heavy deals like that of Alexis Sanchez could put them in the cross-hairs of other league presidents and undoubtedly that of UEFA’s.