Originally Posted by the shah
do you have figures for more than one player or are your made up figures better than that image's made up figures ?
anyway, regardless of selling players or not, the fact remains they operate in a similar fashion to, say, Arsenal, but have won considerably more.
and the bit about FFP is great, if
it ever gets implemented, which remains to be seen. I doubt it will without serious resistance from big clubs
It is not really like Arsenal except that the end result is that they sell their star players.
The situations surrounding the clubs are too different. Arsenal is playing in the strongest league in the world – they're under more pressure to perform as the competition is stiffer, and the stage is bigger. They wouldn't sell their star players if they weren't getting picked off and coerced by teams offering more money. Arsenal would rather have RVP, Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Alex Song, etc. than the players they have now, as good as Arteta and Santi Cazorla are.
Porto is afforded experimentation because they are far and away the strongest team in their league. If the experimentation comes off, its a hit. They also sell their players because they have to. It's their goal and their business model.
Arsenal would prefer to avoid selling their players, but the lure of Barcelona, Man City, trophies and $$$ is too great.
FFP will come off eventually. Teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are in staunch support of it, as well as smaller teams. Only Chelsea and City are against it. They will be overruled eventually. There will be in-league FFP rules as well, not just the Uefa rules that result in being barred from European competition.