Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions along with a €30 million/£25 million fine has thrown up a host of questions – and it could be of some interest to Tottenham Hotspur
The reigning Premier League champions have been hit with the punishment by UEFA after they were found to have breached Financial Fair Play regulations.
The huge development, which sent shockwaves through the footballing world last Friday, has plunged the futures of several figures at the Etihad Stadium into doubt, including manager Pep Guardiola.
City will be appealing the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the progress of that appeal is sure to be watched by many teams across Europe.
Should City’s ban remain or only be reduced slightly, it could mean key players will leave in the summer.
Tottenham were linked with a shock move for City full-back Joao Cancelo (El Desmarque), meaning the outcome of City’s appeal could see the north Londoners swoop.
TBR’s view – Cancelo to jump ship?
Assuming City’s appeal was unsuccessful, Spurs’ luck could be in over Cancelo.
Guardiola suggested (Marca) the defender could depart and that should give them major encouragement.
The Portugal international has been in a fight with Kyle Walker for minutes, but has showcased quality in the Premier League in 2019/20.
So far in the league he’s recorded an impressive pass completion rate of 89% (WhoScored), and makes 2.1 tackles per 90 and 1.3 interceptions per 90. He’s also averaged just shy of one key pass every game (0.9 per 90).
With Serge Aurier still not convincing at right-back for Tottenham, Cancelo should certainly be worth some consideration, and not being able to play in the Champions League could see him become more open to a Spurs move, especially if Jose Mourinho’s side seal UCL qualification.