Arsene Wenger has questioned Manchester City’s owners approach of buying other clubs around the world.
City’s cash-rich owners have already purchased New York City, as they look to improve their side’s brand abroad, but Wenger feels it could be a tactic for the Citizens to get around financial fair-play.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have already benefitted from their New York side’s transfer dealings, after they have brought Frank Lampard in on loan from the MLS franchise, and Wenger is hoping that his Premier League title rivals won’t utilise it as a loophole in the future.
"It looks like all of these 'City' clubs will feed the main club Man City. I heard they want to buy five clubs across the world," the Frenchman said.
"At the moment the players they sign cannot play until next year so they will register them in the clubs and they get out on loan.
"Is it a way to get around the fair-play? I don't know. We are happy to dedicate the money to just run our club – there is not a lot of surplus to run other clubs."
City have already struggled to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rulings and have seen their squad size for this season’s Champions League reduced as a sanction from European football’s governing body.
The Manchester side have invested heavily in recent years to transform the team from mid-table strugglers to one of the biggest in England and have seen their investment pay dividends – with two titles in the last three years.
It is quite a rise for City, but one which shows no signs of stopping with their owners proving to be forward thinking people and long-term strategists – given their work on the ground, in the youth-team and on the training facilities, as well as on the pitch.
However, it seems that their idea to buy other clubs around the world has irritated Wenger, who has proven to be one of the most prudent managers in the Premier League during his time in management, and he looks set to keep a close eye on their future dealings.