Man City face enforced Champions League exit over alleged FFP breaches

Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate in one of the greatest comeback in Champions League history

A holding midfielder to offer competition to Fernandinho, 34, remains a top priority with a defender and forward also on City's shopping list.

The Premier League champions have, however, expressed concern about reports that investigators are pushing for a Champions League ban before the European governing body's probe has officially been completed.

However, reports this week claim that UEFA investigators will push for City to be given a Champions League ban for alleged breaches of its financial fair play regulations, after opening an investigation in March.

English soccer authorities and UEFA officials been investigating Manchester City after allegations surfaced following the publication of Football Leaks revelations.

The claims were based on documents purportedly obtained by whistleblowers Football Leaks.

"The New York Times report citing "people familiar with the case" is therefore extremely concerning".

Manchester City, which is backed by Sheikh Mansour and the royal family of Abu Dhabi, captured its second consecutive Premier League title this season and outlasted Liverpool to secure the trophy on the campaign's final matchday.

Manchester City did become Premier League champions just 3 days ago, and will have to celebrate with a slight feeling of fear in the back of their minds over this investigation.

Manchester City have said they are "fully cooperating in good faith" and have provided "comprehensive proof" that accusations of financial fair play (FFP) irregularities are false.

"If it is true what has been written, there might be a serious problem", Leterme was quoted as telling a Belgian media group earlier this year.

Manchester City would still have the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a lengthy legal process is likely, while the club have continually denied any wrongdoing throughout.

"This can lead to the heaviest punishment - exclusion from UEFA competitions".

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