La Liga have confirmed reports via a statement, that their Spanish league president Javier Tebas has written to UEFA requesting an investigation into Manchester City’s spending, after the club broke the record for the biggest outlay in a single transfer window. Follow our football predictions here.
It was also confirmed that the Spanish football governing body has asked UEFA to investigate French giants Paris Saint-Germain, (PSG) to determine whether either club is breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
The rules were first put into use in 2011 and are there to balance how much a club spends with their revenue and restrict clubs from accumulating debt.
Abu Dhabi funded Manchester City spent £221.5 million edging past Qatar owned PSG by £7.3 million during this summer’s transfer window, which came to an end last week.
City boss Pep Guardiola spending included £50 million on signing full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy. He also signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43 million, goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for £35 million, wing-back Danilo from Real Madrid for £27 million and midfielder Douglas Luiz from Vasco Da Gama for £10.7million.
PSG spent large, breaking the world record for a transfer fee after they signed Neymar from Barcelona for £198m in August, a move Tebas tried to block.
They have also secured Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, who because of the FFP will not become permanent until next summer on a £166 million transfer.
“PSG and Man City’s funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry,” Tebas said.
“UEFA must enforce FFP regulations to avoid discrimination among clubs.
“PSG is a habitual offender and has been violating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations for years.
“It is important that UEFA doesn’t just look at the most recent player transfers, but at PSG’s history of noncompliance.
“The transfers are merely the result of years of financial doping at PSG.”