Pep Guardiola secretly signed his first contract with Manchester City. FOUR months before the official deal was announced, a new report claims.
In City Leader's third four-part exhibition by Football Leaks whistleblowers, the Mirror Report explains the exact date on which Guardiola had agreed to step forward.
It is alleged that Guardiola had already signed a contract with City two months after his last season with Barcelona and signed a contract on 10 October 2015.
Pep Guardiola was pictured in October 2015, days after he allegedly signed a secret city contract
Manuel Pellegrini led City until the end of June and knew that Guardiola took control
The documents allegedly received by the Spiegel say that the Spaniard had received £ 13.5 million in his first season at City City and £ 16.75 million in the second.
The announcement was then released on February 1st. The then boss Manuel Pellegrini said he would leave the club when his contract expired on 30 June. Interestingly, City had previously claimed the deal was done.
A few weeks after signing the deal, the Sunday Mirror reported that Txiki Begiristain, director of the Football Association, had met Guardiola in Barcelona with talks about a potential deal.
One report claims that he received £ 13.5 million in his first season at City and £ 16.75 million in the second
WHAT IS FINANCIAL FAIR?
Financial Fair Play was approved by UEFA in 2010 and first brought into play in 2011. It ensures that clubs that have qualified for UEFA competitions must demonstrate that they have no overdue liabilities to other clubs, their players and tax authorities throughout the season.
In short, clubs can spend up to € 5 million (£ 3.9 million) more than they earn per evaluation period. However, clubs such as City with the richest owners are eligible for losses totaling £ 35m.
The assessments are now made over a period of three years. In 2014-15 losses were still limited to £ 35 million. In 2015-16 the limit dropped to £ 25.5m. The pattern was then repeated in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
The money spent on stadiums, training facilities, youth support or community projects is exempt from tax, but clubs must offset "football-related expenses" such as transfers and wages with television and ticket revenues.
All of this is overseen by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB).
The Mirror claims that although the story was not true because Guardiola's contract was already signed, City was desperate to quell speculation and moved to remove the story.
In an alleged leak of e-mail between club officials, team spokesman Simon Heggie is alleged to write, "I'll call him and tell him we want to remove him," before he notes, "I send a message to other media to ignore. & # 39;
It is claimed that the city wanted to control the announcement of its new boss and decided exactly when Guardiola should be released without the media taking power.
The latest allegations against Manchester City are the third part of a four-day revelation of the Football Leaks whistleblower in the German newspaper Der Spiegel.
The investigation began on Monday with allegedly hacked documents alleging that the owner Sheik Mansour had paid even large chunks of sponsorship, so that the club could avoid significant financial fair play penalties.
An agreement with Etihad Airways alleges that a staggering £ 59.5 million of the £ 67.5 million was largely funded by Mansour. The revelations could lead to sanctions by UEFA and the Premier League. There would also be no comment on a request earlier this week, and there are concerns about the way the documents were received.
It is alleged that Sheik Mansour has paid a third party to save on image rights
WHY PROJECT LONGBOW?
Manchester City's creative name for the alleged secret project will be explained on the second day of the review of the Mirror.
It is alleged that the club's senior legal advisor, Simon Cliff, stated in an internal email that the longbow had been the Englishman's weapon when they defeated the French at Crecy 1346 and Agincourt 1415.
The "opponent" of Manchester City was, as described in the Football Leaks report, French UEFA President Michel Platini and his signature project – Financial Fair Play.
It is alleged that the name "Project Longbow" was then distributed by club staff for several years when the club fought against FFP.
There is no indication that "Project Longbow" is illegal.
If they conclude that the emails were retrieved illegally, City, which was sanctioned in 2014 for violating the FFP rules, could not take further action.
City reiterated earlier this week that "they will not comment on out-of-context materials allegedly hacked or stolen by the City Football Group and Man City and their associates."
On the second day of the investigation, details were released on a purported secret project called "Longbow," which aims to transfer the cost of the players' image rights to a third party.
Football clubs are required to pay their athletes the right to use their image, whether on billboards in the club shop or in advertising for new jerseys. However, it is claimed that Manchester City has exhausted the rights to save on spending costs.
It is alleged that a marketing company called "Fordham Sports Management," allegedly controlled by Jonathan Rowland and his father David, had bought the rights to the image, but was secretly fed eleven million pounds by Man City's owner Sheik Mansour.
Sheik Mansour (center) is also accused of selecting the tab for over-sponsored deals
City won the league in 2012, but new claims shed light on the club's financial affairs
It was therefore reported that the deal was a "closed loop" where Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) transferred Rowlands money to buy their players' image rights, which was then the case Manchester City to hide the expenses.
When Sports mail Blackfish Capital, the private investment firm of Rowlands, has been denied a request for comment. There is no indication that "Project Longbow" is illegal.
A mixed set of allegedly leaked emails also claim Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City, knew the club might be in the fight against financial fair play.
In memos that were allegedly seen by Football Leaks whistleblowers, they said that Soriano, who reported to the club leaders after a meeting of the European Club Association (ECA), wrote in 2012: "They are all in favor of FFP in a way Wise one I would name any industry association.
"We have to fight this [FFP regulations] and do it in ways that are not visible, or we are referred to as global enemies of football. "
WHO ARE THE ALLEGED KEY PLAYERS?
Sheikh Mansour (Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan): Owner of the City Football Group, consisting of Manchester City, Melbourne City and New York City Football Clubs. He is a member of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi and is currently Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Khaldoon Al Mubarak: Chairman of the City Football Group and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Mubadala Development Company. He was appointed by Mansour after his takeover in September 2008 as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors, before he became Chairman in 2013.
Ferran Soriano: First with his youth club Barcelona immersed in the world of football, first as vice-president of the economy and then as interim CEO, while Pep Guardiola was the manager. In September 2012, he was named CEO of Manchester City, and in 2014, he added the CEO positions of New York City and Melbourne City to his job list.
Simon Pearce: The Australian is a member of the City Football Group and is widely regarded as one of the most influential representatives of the United Arab Emirates. He is a close ally of Khaldoon. After the acquisition of Mansour in 2008, he was appointed to the Board and is described by the WSJ as "smooth".
The Rowlands: Jonathan Rowland and his dad David (pictured at the wedding of Princess Eugenie) are the experts the club claims to have brought. David was already on the news when he donated millions to the Conservative Party before he was appointed Treasurer. In the late 1980s, he also helped finance an acquisition of "Edinburgh Hibernian," a parent of Hibs Football Club , The deal then got pissed off as the company went into the deal, and he was attacked by the Commons and described as a "dodgy financier."