FFP gives Man Utd advantage, claims Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that Financial Fair Play has helped to give rivals Manchester United an advantage in the transfer market, ESPN has reported.

The 51-year-old insisted that Chelsea has now become a ‘selling club’ after allowing the likes of David Luiz, Romalu Lukaku and Juan Mata leave for big money during this calendar year. As a result of the FFP rules, the Blues have relaxed their spending somewhat in the last two years.

Meanwhile, Man Utd have gone on to break the British record for the amount of money spent in a transfer window by one club, after splashing out on Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria, whose fee of £59.7m broke the British transfer record.

And Mourinho believes that this has come as the result of an advantage Man Utd have gained since the FFP rules were brought into force by UEFA. He said: “When UEFA decided for financial fair play, they were trying to do this to make every team [have] equal possibilities, but the reality is that the big teams, the big clubs, the clubs with more years at the top with more fan base around the world, with more income, are the players that keep being the big spenders.

“So Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester [United] – all these huge teams – I think they have an advantage.”

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