Kieran Maguire reveals Man United FFP status as Uefa visit looms - 'it doesn't look great'
Man United have foregone major investment in January in order to ensure they can spend in the summer window.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Red Devils’ position under the terms of Financial Fair Play.
United spent close to £200m last summer their only additions of the winter window were three loan signings – Wout Weghorst, Marcel Sabitzer and Jack Butland.
The Athletic reported last Thursday (26 January) that Uefa are set to visit United in the coming weeks, although the purpose of the talks is not known.
Some analysts that United FFP status might be on the agenda, with new rules dictating that clubs must not spend over 70 per cent of their turnover on wages, transfers and agent fees having begun being phased in from the start of 2023.
Maguire assessed how United are currently squared under FFP.
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“United are in an okay but not great position with regards to FFP,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Part of the reason for this is that they have not managed to significantly supplement revenues from broadcast, commercial and matchday with player sales.
“United’s income from player sales are £500m less than Chelsea’s over the last decade, for example. This means that they have perhaps got less flexibility than they would like.
“Not being in the Champions League has a negative impact. The loss of TeamViewer as their principal sponsor also means they have to be slightly more cautious.
“They are being very sensible. They don’t want to curtail their ability to spend in the summer by having a splurge in the January window.
“Their aim is to have a long-term strategic approach to recruitment that we haven’t necessarily seen elsewhere.“
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