Wenger raises FFP concerns over City's Lampard loan
Arsene Wenger believes that Manchester City are using their satellite clubs to circumvent financial fair play (FFP) regulations.
The Citizens were slapped with a 60 million euro ($100.4m) fine and a 21-man squad restriction for their upcoming Champions League campaign after they failed to comply with Uefa's FFP rules last season.
In the meantime, manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the signing of former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, on loan from City-owned New York City FC till January.
While he admitted that he wasn't clear about the rules, Wenger thinks that the deal could be a way for City to undermine the regulations.
The Frenchman said: "After the statements we hear it (Lampard's loan move) is a surprise but it looks like all of these 'City' clubs will feed the main club Man City - I heard they want to buy five clubs all over the world.
"I don't know the rules well enough but they bought a franchise for US$100 million ($124.7m) to play in the States to play next season.
"At the moment the players they sign cannot play until next year so they will register them in the clubs where they put them and they can get out on loan.
"Is it a way to get around the fair-play? I don't know - We are happy to dedicate the money to just run our club - there is not a lot of surplus to run other clubs."
Source: PA Sport