Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted Financial Fair Fair scuppered their chances of signing a highly priced striker in the summer.
The Premier League title race is as tight as it has ever been, with three teams jostling for position at the top.
Even Liverpool are threatening to join the hunt, but it is Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City who have the advantage.
Chelsea currently top the table by a point, this without any of their strikers reaching double figures.
If it was up to Jose Mourinho, he would not be dealing with the current trio, but would have proven superstar in his ranks.
The Chelsea boss admits he would have liked to have added Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani in the summer, but was restricted by UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.
Quizzed in a press conference as to if FFP prevented him landing the big names, he responded: "Correct,"
"Because of transfer fees and salaries. Players are not just about transfer fees, but big wages. Of course there's a certain profile of player we don't go near."
What Chelsea's failure to land either prolific striker has done is opened up the title race, for if they had either Cavani or Falcao, surely they would be running away with it.
The biggest beneficiaries are title challengers Arsenal, whose other title rivals Manchester City have also had to rein it in slightly due to FFP, despite some expensive additions, it's impossible to consider they wouldn't have had more.
The Gunners may still end the week at the top of the league, if they beat Manchester United and Chelsea lose t bogey side West Brom.
Should they win the league at the end of the season, Arsene Wenger may just phone UEFA supremo and countryman Michel Platini to thank him for the FFP rules levelling out the title race.
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