Manchester City look set to face further scrutiny from UEFA following allegations published by Der Spiegel via Football Leaks that the Premier League champions went to great lengths to get around Financial Fair Play – but it is unlikely to impact their summer transfer activity.
City could be in hot water if the allegations prove to be both true and useable, given that Football Leaks used hacking to acquire documents of many footballing secrets, but according to the Mail on Sunday it shouldn’t halt their summer spending.
It is reported that the Blues are likely to beat Manchester United to the signing of midfielder Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, for whom a £50 million deal is lined up to sign from Dutch giants Ajax.
De Jong, 21, is one of Europe’s best emerging midfielders and would give Pep Guardiola his alternative and successor to Fernandinho after the failure to sign Jorginho in the last transfer window.
City are also keen on impressive Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, another player also wanted by Manchester United and Barcelona, with the three clubs all interested in De Ligt and De Jong, two of Ajax’s finest talents in many years.
It’s thought that City will face several investigations from football authorities and possibly HM Revenue and Customs in the coming months after a series of claims that have the club under fire right now.