Manager will have funds to make major signings
evidence the club provided. Ferran Soriano, the City chief executive, claimed in February that the case “seems to be less about justice and more about politics”.
City remain aggrieved that eight teams – including Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – sent a joint application in March to Cas stating their objection to any possibility of City’s Champions League ban being frozen while their appeal was ongoing.
Uefa said it remained committed to the “principles” of FFP but it was already coming under pressure to reform the break-even element of its financial controls. Tebas, a vocal critic of City, also turned his ire on Cas. “We have to reassess whether the Cas is the appropriate body to which to appeal institutional decisions in football,” he said. “The Cas is not up to standard.”
With an end to the risk to Champions League-related revenues – which would be worth around £200million over two years to City – and armed with cash from the £389million stake in the City Foottractions ball Group empire sold last November to US private equity firm, Silver Lake, Guardiola will have money to spend having already admitted publicly that City need a “rebuild”.
Along with a centre-half and leftback, Guardiola could move for a replacement for winger Leroy Sane, who has joined Bayern Munich for £54.8million, and a striker. As well as Koulibaly at centre-back, City have scouted Benfica’s Ruben Dias, Pau Torres at Villarreal, Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu, Milan Skriniar, of Inter Milan, and Dan-Axel Zagadou at Borussia Dortmund.