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Do FFP Restrictions Make Newcastle’s Four Manchester City Transfer ‘Targets’ More Likely?

8 years ago

Newcastle United have been linked with four Manchester City players, in advance of this summer’s transfer merry go round.

The four that are linked with a Newcastle transfer, via various media reports/stories/fantasies, are Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair, James Milner and Jack Rodwell.

One side of the equation is that clearly Newcastle need to buy some players from somewhere if they are to avoid certain disaster, while on the other hand Manchester City may have to be a little more careful with their transfer dealings this summer compared to recent years.

City of course were hit with Financial Fair Play (FFP) penalties and restrictions after their spending strategy massively overstepped the mark, however how it impacts on Cit’s soending is all relative when it comes to comparing them to Newcastle United.

Manchester City accepted a £49m fine and they will get two thirds of that back if they aren’t naughty boys again in the next few years.

The practical restrictions which impact on City, see them having had to agree to keep their wage bill at the same level for the next two years, plus they are limited to an overspend of  £49m on transfers this summer.

So taking those factors into consideration, Manchester City might concentrate a little more than normal in terms of getting a few quid back in on transfers to help them boost that £49m net spend, as well as the necessity of having to make room on the wage bill for incoming players.

So you can then see why say Milner on a reported £90,000 a week could be sacrificed despite appearing 44 times in the last season, even though in the Premier League it was mainly as a supersub (19 out of 31 PL appearances) to tie up games.

From Newcastle’s point of view it yet again comes back to this conundrum of if the club are in any way serious about bringing in British players and/or people currently at Premier League clubs – exactly who is a viable signing given Ashley’s unwillingness to pay the going Premier League rae for transfers/wages.

In each case of Rodwell, Sinclair, Milner and Richards you could paint a picture of why they could prove to be good signings but all of them are in some way damaged goods where you would be taking a risk on them bouncing back to form/regular fitness. Milner may be the exception to that scenario but his biggest value is as a worker rather than creativity/flair/goals, which is of course what Newcastle are really crying out for.

The question of course is whether the “silly old ****” would want to sell anybody decent to his old mate Alan ‘proud to swear at pensioners’ Pardew.


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