Josep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, have expressed their confusion over the large sum of money Chelsea has spent in the transfer market. According to the British news agency BA Media, the London club has spent over £500 million ($616 million) since last summer, and a record amount for the Argentine Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in Portugal for £106.8m on the last day of the winter transfer window. This has sparked questions regarding Chelsea’s commitment to the standard of fair financial gaming, since the club was taken over by American businessman Todd Boyle.
Guardiola, whose club is owned by the Abu Dhabi group, said that his club would be punished due to the rules of the fair financial play, and that he would be criticized if he did the same. He added that Manchester City had won 11 titles in the last five years and were the fifth or sixth most spenders in the English Premier League, which was a worrying factor for them. Klopp, however, admitted that he did not understand how such spending by Chelsea was possible. He jokingly added that he would not speak without the presence of his lawyer.
The large expenditure of Chelsea has raised concerns over the commitment to the standard of fair financial gaming, which is a requirement for teams in the English Premier League. Guardiola and Klopp have expressed their confusion over the matter, with the former worried that his club may face punishments due to the rules of fair financial play.
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