Arsene Wenger is worried that Manchester City’s policy of buying up clubs around the world could see them side-step financial fair-play regulations.
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to turn out for City in the coming season having signed on-loan from New York City – a Major League Soccer franchise owned by the same powers as those in charge of the Premier League champions.
After falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair-Play regulations, City have been restricted to a 21-man Champions League squad this year – with eight home-grown players required in their Premier League squad.
Former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa will join Lampard in New York next year but has been loaned to another club under the City umbrella – Melbourne City of Australia’s A-League – in the interim.
Regarding Lampard’s loan move, Wenger said: "It is a surprise.
"After the statements we hear it is a surprise but it looks like all of these ‘City’ clubs will feed the main club Man City – I heard they want to buy five clubs all over the world.