Man­ager will have funds to make ma­jor sign­ings

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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.

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