Manchester City are confident they can address concerns from Premier League clubs and finalize the proposed signing of winger Savio from Troyes.
City are currently negotiating with Ligue 2 side Troyes for the transfer of Savio, who has been impressive on loan with La Liga hopefuls Girona this season. However, complications have arisen because Troyes is part of the City Football Group (CFG). Girona is also part of CFG, but since Savio is only on loan there, the Spanish club’s involvement does not affect the deal.
Sources have confirmed that the Premier League would likely assess the proposed transfer’s fair market value if any concerns arise about the deal, which City emphasize has not yet been finalized.
Once City determine the final price of the deal, the Premier League will decide whether to conduct an investigation. If there are concerns that the fee is either too low (favoring City) or too high (favoring Troyes), league officials will initiate proceedings, and City are willing to cooperate.
Savio’s deal might be under FFP breaches
Reports suggest that Savio could be valued at around €30m (£25.7m), and any fee close to this figure is likely to receive approval from the Premier League.
City are fully aware of the situation, and the officials at the Etihad Stadium are confident they will meet all the necessary requirements on the first attempt.
In January, Premier League clubs narrowly voted against blocking plans to prevent transactions between two clubs owned by the same organizations. At that time, the subject was Newcastle United’s proposed dealings with Saudi Arabian clubs also owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). Therefore, there are no legal barriers to City’s proposed acquisition of Savio.
Savio joined Troyes from Atletico Mineiro in January 2022, becoming the French side’s record signing in a deal worth up to €12.5m. However, he never played for the club and immediately went on loan to PSV Eindhoven while Troyes were relegated to France’s second tier.
Last summer, Savio was loaned to Girona, where the 19-year-old impressed with five goals and seven assists in 23 games for the surprise title contenders.
Meanwhile, Troyes is currently embroiled in a relegation battle as they strive to avoid dropping straight down to the third tier of French football.