Man City can get huge FFP help from jealous rivals thanks to Pep Guardiola influence

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel direct their teams
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Everybody wants to be a winner. In sport or business, if you get the chance to recruit somebody with a proven record of success it is usually a no-brainer. And when football is concerned, City's success has been overwhelming.

Despite the very serious allegations made against City as part of the 115 Premier League charges, rival clubs have been unable to ignore the unprecedented achievements that Pep Guardiola and his players have chalked up over the last eight years. The more others have tried to get a piece of the City winning machine, the greater the Blues have become.

Two years ago former City assistant Mikel Arteta took two City players to Arsenal, giving City a near-£50m profit on top of the six years of service they received from Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus. Raheem Sterling also went to Chelsea to the sum City had paid Liverpool for him back in 2015.

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It wasn't long after that when Chelsea's new ownership poached former head of academy scouting Joe Shields from Southampton and last summer the Blues made more than £50m from the West London club buying Romeo Lavia and Cole Palmer. Another eye-catching deal was selling goalkeeper James Trafford to Vincent Kompany's Burnley for an initial £15m despite him never having played for City.

Thanks in part to the influence of Guardiola, Chelsea have even stronger links to City with the Catalan's former assistant and academy coach Enzo Maresca set to replace Mauricio Pochettino, and Burnley no longer have Kompany because he has been appointed head coach of Bayern Munich.

Maresca will inherit a fine Chelsea academy but that may not stop him from wanting to work with players who he has previously helped. City homegrown defender Callum Doyle worked with Maresca at Leicester last season while midfielder James McAtee was coveted only for him to stick with Sheffield United in the Premier League as his loan option; either player would guarantee City a significant sum in the summer window and all of it would count as profit - the golden goose for clubs wanting to abide by Profitability and Sustainability Rules imposed by the Premier League.

Kompany had previously taken young striker Lukas Nmecha at Anderlecht and also used CJ Egan-Riley and Taylor Harwood-Bellis at Burnley in addition to splashing out on Trafford. Bayern may be unlikely to come in for any City prospects, yet there may be members of the first team squad who played with Kompany a fancy a new challenge that would still generate a profit for the Blues.

As top clubs increasingly turn to Guardiola and City connections in their pursuit of success, the benefits at the Etihad continue to stack up.