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David Whelan and Arsene Wenger have already voiced their concerns about The Richest Club in The World and the damage their transfer policied could wreck on football.

I mean, we had the situation with Chelsea, but they just stepped up the levels to where Manchester United couldn't compete.

Man City, however, are about to transfer fees to a ridiculous stratospheric level, the likes of which we have never seen before.

Zinedine Zidane is the world's most expensive player at 47million pounds and they want to pay twice that amount?


With these kind of transfer fees, should UEFA start looking into placing transfer caps and maybe even salary caps?

If I want to be short-sighted, I would say no, because selling Ronaldo might become a reality rather than sooner. As a United fan I would want as much money as possible.

But if we look at the larger picture - shouldn't there be a cap for the good of football in general?

Man City would be buying the very best from the very big clubs. The money would not really filter down to the lower echelons of football.

In addition, Man City would offer the best wages around. The other big clubs would have to follow suit.

I can see a lot of problems ahead for clubs that cannot compete with their economic power.

The big clubs will be tempted to overstretch themselves, taking loans based on future performances, much like Leeds did and if those goals aren't achieved, they will be in serious trouble like many clubs in Spain at the moment.

Some form of normality should return to football. The power is in the hands of the players, who can decide to play for a club with history or move to a club where they can create new history (gosh, that was corny).

I think many players will choose the money and I don't think it will be good for football.

A really big fish just got dumped into the pond and it's presence is not good for the pond.

Should FIFA let things take their natural course, or should the intervene to control the damage?
 

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scottsati said:
there definitely needs to be some kind of regulation, the one laughable thing though is so many of them down the road think cash will guarantee success forever. they will certainly do something out of it-no doubt, but chelski have am amzingly rich owner ( still despite the credit crunch) and after initial success it has started to fall away and not all players are tempted there by cash. can see the same thing happening here and what happens when the owners get bored, turn their attention elsewhere or don't get the unrivalled success they are after.
sometime and its getting nearer every day football is going to find itself in massive trouble, sadly its down to the authorities to act now rather than when its too late.
Actually Roman Abramovich might be forced into the situation of selling the club.
That's another situation which caps might prevent.

Left on it's own football could spiral out of control very soon. The difference between the haves and the have nots is staggering.

Man City fans are deluded, yes. But whether they win anything or not, they will push for trophies and their owners will do everything in their power to get it done. They will pay their true stars double what madrid or united are paying and their mediocre players as much as the united stars.

The trouble is the traditional big clubs might overstretch themselves to compete. The few that can resist might mis out on trophies and just have faith that their fans will be loyal.
 

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Grif SA said:
A salary cap would be - as already stated - highly hypocritical. How about when Chelsea were spending a lot? Or us? No team called for a salary cap/transfer limit before. It's only now that the largest teams can be outbid is this cry for a cap happening. Let City spend however much they want. We can cry out about how ridiculous it is - and I agree with that - but to limit what they can do seems unjust.

As the saying goes: You can't buy class.

It's not that simple.

Over the years there has been an incremental increase in the spending powers of big clubs. As a result the rest has had to follow suit.

Clubs like Leeds, Eintracht Frankfurt, Dortmund ended up over-extending themselves.

In Spain Valencia, Sevilla and other are in a lot of debt. So are we by the way. So Man City is coming in at a vary precarious time and it is not an incremental increase.

This footballing behemoth, is willing to buy a single player for an overall value of three times the Zinedine Zidane transfer and offer a singe player 2-3 times the current highest salaries being payed in the world.

I know it might sound hypocritical coming from a man united fan, but you have to consider what' going on at the other clubs.

This might well be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
 
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