Chelsea and Manchester United have received a boost after Manchester City were banned from European competitions for two seasons.
The Etihad outfit have also been fined €30m (£24.9m) after serious breaches to Financial Fair Play regulations.
It has thrown doubt over the futures of several players, as well as manager Pep Guardiola.
And their transfer plans could also be thrown into disarray with one plot massively now in doubt.
A move for Jadon Sancho was in the pipeline as they look to bring the Borussia Dortmund ace back.
The England international left Manchester in 2017 but Leroy Sane’s future is in doubt.
And Sancho was being eyed as a potential replacement but the ruling from UEFA has all but ended that.
The 19-year-old is set to leave Dortmund at the end of the season.
But he will only move to a club that will be playing in the Champions League, something City cannot offer.
However, in a double-whammy effect, it has ended up being a boost for the likes of Chelsea and United.
Jadon Sancho is wanted by a number of clubs
Both Premier League clubs are strong favourites to go head to head for Sancho’s signature in the summer.
But with a finish in the top four hardly concrete, it was a worry for both sides that they may not have the Champions League football needed to convince Sancho to join.
However, with City now set to miss out and them also looking certain to finish in the top four, it means that fifth in the Premier League will be enough to land a spot in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
And there is the further boost that they will not have to compete with City for his signature, too.
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