Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has claimed up to nine clubs wrote to the Premier League asking for the champions to be banned.
Guardiola stated this while reacting to Chelsea’s splurge in the January transfer window.
Since the summer transfer window, the Blues have spent over €600 million on new signings.
That included a record transfer worth €120m for Enzo Fernandez from Benfica, with seven other players added to Graham Potter’s squad throughout last month.
When asked what the reaction would be if City spent the same amount, Guardiola replied: “I know what would happen.
“What Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, United, without good players you have to spend. Now the market is ‘wow’.
“There are regulations, I don’t forget the eight or nine teams that sent a letter to the Premier League to get us banned. We are the fifth team in net spend.”