Uefa president Michel Platini has stressed that European football’s governing body will not make any exceptions when it comes to the Financial Fair Play regulations.
Clubs such as Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily criticised for their transfer business this summer, but Platini has reiterated that teams can still spend as much as they want, as long as they follow the rules.
“If the Italians had spent so much this summer, the French would have been talking about Financial Fair Play all the time,” Platini was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.
“These rules were unanimously approved by all clubs, politicians, judges and the European Union. There’s no going back from here on. FFP is a hard rule for any team, regardless of whether we’re talking about PSG, Juventus, or any other team.
“I have spoken with directors from all clubs. They have all stressed that they would follow the new rules. It seems that some worry a bit more about FFP than others, though.
“Financial Fair Play does not stop clubs from buying players. Clubs can still spend as much as they want as long as their budget accounts for it.”
Paris Saint-Germain were one of the main spenders of the summer transfer window with the arrival of players such as Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Malaga have signed Oguchi Onyewu on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon with a view to a permanent transfer.
The USA international can play in several positions but thrives in a central defensive role and will be added to the ranks already at coach Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal.
The capture of Onyewu rounds off a busy day at La Rosaleda, as South American strikers Javier Saviola and Roque Santa Cruz were brought in on deadline day to help fill the void left by Jose Rondon’s departure.
Onyewu is a Belgian passport holder from his time at Standard Liege, and thus does not infringe upon Malaga’s non-EU allowance.
Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente’s agent has claimed that his client has attracted attention from two clubs in England as the speculation surrounding his client’s future continues.
Goal.com exclusively revealed that Juventus were confident of landing the Spain international, who recently decided that he would not be extending his current contract at San Mames, which expires in 2013.
Despite strong interest from the Italian champions, Llorente’s agent has failed to end the speculation and insists his client will reveal his possible new club tomorrow.
“Tomorrow Llorente will speak about his destination,” Arino Bajo told The Daily Telegraph.
“It is very, very possible he will decide to go to the Premier League. I do not know the club at the moment but there are two interested. One is in London and one is in Manchester.”
Manchester United have annouced that transfer target Angelo Henriquez has been granted a work permit, according to the club’s official website.
The 18 year-old striker has made an impressive impact in his first season for Universidad de Chile scoring 14 goals in 15 Apetura games. The young striker has also made an impression on the international scene scoring 14 goals in just 9 appearances for Chile’s Under 20 side.
Henriquez’s goal scoring exploits have caught the eye of Premier League giants and now the Red Devils look set to complete a move for the youngster believed to be worth £3.5 million.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Bayern Munich’s interest in Javi Martinez has not been waned, despite acknowledging that certain obstacles lie in the way of a possible transfer.
The Bavarian giants have been linked with the midfielder, who represented Spain at Euro 2012, for most part of the summer, and agreed to meet the midfielder’s release clause of €40 million with Athletic Bilbao.
However, the former striker admits there are other determining factors which are preventing a move from being engineered, but Martinez’s low wage demands mean a move is still a likely outcome.
“We want to sign Javi Martinez for €40m, but there are still legal and tax problems,” Rummenigge told FCB.tv.
“These problems could be solved very easily if Bilbao would accommodate us with a bit of help, but they are not doing so.
“We always said that we would never pay €40m for Javi Martinez, but he refrains from high wages to make this possible.”
Bayern kick off the new Bundesliga season on Saturday against new boys Greuther Furth.