It's no surprise, then, we're going to miss out on the Champions League.
With this loss of revenue, all the wage savings from this season make no impact. The wage bill was reduced from approximately 145 million to 115 million and has tumbled a bit further in January. Partially offsetting this, though, is an increase of approximately 10-15 million a year in increased amortization costs.
Now, the question is, how do we stand for FFP? Last season we are posting a 80 million euro loss (Approximately). This will be roughly the same again this year, with a 40-50 million euro loss from missing out on the CL, with only 3-5 m from Europa League to compensate for that. Next season we will have a similar picture - wage savings will only be a bit compared to the incremental Champions League loss. I expect - if we're lucky - a total loss of 35-45 million next year.
So, what can we conclude? Well, we can conclude we're fucked for FFP. We're allowed to accumulate losses for 3 years not exceeding 45 million euros total. To be eligible under FFP, we need to post a 60 million profit next season. That will never happen.
So, where do we stand?
1 - If we do not spend money, we will not have a good enough squad to make the Champions League.
2 - If we do spend money, we will not be eligible for the Champions League.
What is the only obvious solution?
We need to spend money this summer on the next generation of youth talents for us. We need to sign people like Icardi, Kovacic, Laxalt, etc, who will be able to keep us competitive for many years. No more patchwork 30 year old solutions, no more halfway houses. Sign the youngest, most talented players available, ignore FFP for the next 2-3 years while we gel a team together and develop younger players, and then after a few years time, they'll be a competitive top team, with lower salaries and significantly lower amortization costs...
Its the only solution, sadly.
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In terms of players, we need to fill around the tactics, not the needs.
I'm working on the basis of roughly a 4-2-3-1 for future, so lets just say..
Peruzzi Ranocchia JJ Nagatomo
Markovic Kovacic Laxalt