Wenger believes Lampard’s move to Eastlands could be seen as a way around Financial Fair Play regulations.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out about his concerns with Frank Lampard’s loan move to Manchester City, with the Frenchman believing that it may be a way for City to be able to circumvent Financial Fair Play regulations, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
Lampard’s move from New York City FC, a sister club of Manchester City’s who are set to start competing in the next MLS season, was confirmed by City manager Manuel Pellegrini yesterday, with the England midfielder set to join the Blues on loan until January before he begins his work with New York.
The new MLS club’s other marquee signing, David Villa, has made a similar move – with the Spanish international striker set to spend time with Melbourne City in Australia, another club linked to City.
Wenger seemed concerned by the arrangement, however, believing that it may give City an advantage in dealing with FFP restrictions that continue to be imposed:
“I heard they want to buy five clubs all around the world. I don’t know the rules well enough.”
“They bought the New York franchise for $100m in the States to play next season and at moment the players they sign cannot play until next year.”
“They will register in the clubs where they will put them and they can get out on loan. Is it a way to get around (financial) fair play? I don’t know.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was less bothered, however, insisting that he had no hard feelings about the Chelsea legend’s move to Eastlands.