Financial Fair Play has been a sensitive topic for both Premier League bases over the past few years
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Liverpool should “go to court” if they do not like the costly transfer of his club, following criticism from Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp recently claimed that Guardiola has no limits in his spending, which implies an unfair advantage for the Spanish head coach. But Guardiola believes Manchester City adhere to the Financial Fair Play protocol and are simply beneficiaries of good ownership.
The managers have been responsible for the last four Premier League titles (three for Guardiola and one for Klopp), so their rivalry causes tensions that sometimes run out in the press.
What was said?
“Some owners want to benefit, our owners do not want any benefits. Therefore, they do not invest in the team while we invest what we can,” Guardiola said.
“Before there was only one or two clubs. Now there is Chelsea at [Roman] Abramovich and our club with Sheikh Mansour. They want to play football. What is the problem? We have limits for Financial Fair Play and if they do not agree with it [with City’s spending] they can go to court and make a statement.
‘We bought Jack Grealish because we sold [players] for £ 60 million, and in the end we spent £ 40 million. We absolutely follow the rules. At our club, of course, the owners do not want to lose money, but they want to spend so we can do it.
“When Manchester United won many titles years ago, it was because they spent more money than other clubs. Remember that? At that moment, Man City could not do it because we do not have the owners we have now. “
What was the comment that upset Guardiola?
Referring to Manchester City, Klopp said: “We may spend the money we earn … they obviously have no limits.”
Summer spending for the clubs
Manchester City’s banner signing is winger Jack Grealish, who was recently bought from Aston Villa for £ 100m ($ 138m), and they are reportedly still in the market for a big money striker.
Guardiola allowed Sergio Aguero’s wages to leave the books and Angelino, Jack Harrison and Lukas Nmecha have sold out over the past few months.
Liverpool meanwhile bought RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate for £ 36m ($ 50m), lost Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer vehicle and sold several rand chips, but made few moves elsewhere.