FFP led to Hargreaves signing

6/1 that he doesn't start a single game

Roberto Mancini has revealed that the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations were behind Manchester City’s signing of Owen Hargreaves in one of the biggest shocks of transfer deadline day.

UEFA’s FFP regulations state, amongst other things, that clubs must not spend more than they generate over a period of time.

Having brought in Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Costel Pantilimon and Stefan Savic over the course of the summer and only managing to offload Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz on loan Mancini has admitted that his hands were tied.

“Gago is a player we liked a lot. We couldn't spend any more money also for the question of financial fair play,” Mancini told the Independent.

“De Rossi is one of the best midfielders in the world but I don't believe he will ever leave Roma. So in midfield we signed Hargreaves, who was out of contact.”

Hargreaves made only 18 starts in four seasons at Old Trafford since making his £17 million move to Manchester United. However, he released a series of videos in the summer in an attempt to prove his fitness, eventually leading to City taking a chance on the former England international.

Paddy Power offer betting odds of 10/11 that Hargreaves only makes 1 to 5 Premier League starts this season. It is 7/2 that he makes 6 to 10 and 6/1 that he doesn’t start a single game.

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 08/09/2011 - 10:53 AM
Filed in:- Man City Betting News, Manchester City

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