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Manchester City braced for more UEFA scrutiny with date for assessment anticipated



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Manchester City are bracing themselves for yet more scrutiny from UEFA, according to reports, concerning their relationship and involvements with Girona.

The two clubs are currently part-engaged in links over an impending Manchester City transfer, with the Premier League champions expected to finalise a deal for one of Girona’s starring names in the coming weeks.

As widely reported, City officials are set to bag themselves the signature of highly-rated attacking talent Savio from fellow City Group side ESTAC Troyes, who loaned the 19-year-old to the Catalan club last summer.

However, there appears to be watchful eyes from European football’s governing body ahead of a potential situation that could arise come the end of the season, with both club’s challenging at the very top of their respective division’s.

According to the information of iPaper’s Sam Cunningham, Manchester City’s owners may be forced to reduce their stake in Girona should both clubs secure qualification for next season’s edition of the prestigious Champions League.

The two City Football Group clubs could reportedly also face restrictions on trading players and collaboration on off-field matters such as scouting networks, recruitment databases and commercial agreements should the conflict arise, according to the i.

Cunningham reports that UEFA are currently monitoring the situation and its ‘Club Financial Control Body’ will assess links between the two clubs in the upcoming summer if a conflict is confirmed, most likely in June.

At present under current rules, only the highest placed team in their respective league will be able to play in the UEFA Champions League next season, and should both teams finish in the same position, then Manchester City would qualify with England top of UEFA’s “access list”.

Manchester City currently find themselves in an intense title challenge with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, moving to within just two points of the Merseyside club following a 1-3 win over Brentford on Monday night.

Phil Foden’s sensational hat-trick either side of the half-time interval ensured that Neal Maupay’s opener in the first-half would cause not upset in West London and that City would capitalise on Liverpool’s defeat 24 hours prior.