- PSG could be in line to face serious UEFA sanctions for breaching FFP regulations
- The club could be forced to sell Kylian Mbappe, with Real Madrid interested
After a sub-standard transfer window where they have lost talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, there might finally be something good on the Real Madrid Transfer News front for the club’s supporters as Spanish daily AS has reported that Paris Saint-Germain could face severe sanctions from UEFA for violating Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
PSG facing UEFA sanctions for breaching FFP regulations
What complicates matters further is that the French champions will be forced to exercise their purchase option for star player Kylian Mbappe next Monday, which would effectively mean paying €180 million to AS Monaco. An outlay of such magnitude will also lead to breaking two key barriers regulated by UEFA – players’ salary limits and the balance between income and expenses.
In a nutshell, PSG might just be forced to offload Mbappe in the coming days so as to avoid violating the FFP norms. This is where Real Madrid come in as the European champions could view this as an opportunity to finally sign a world class attacking player and reinforce Julen Lopetegui‘s squad.
What also works in Madrid’s favour here is the fact that the deadline to bring in new players has already passed for clubs in Italy and England, leaving the European champions as the only club to take advantage of PSG’s weaknesses and go full throttle for Mbappe.
While president Florentino Perez has already started laying out the groundwork to sign the 20-year-old superstar, the deadlines involved in the case also fit Madrid like a glove. Mbappe’s loan deal will expire next Monday, UEFA must resolve PSG’s FFP case by August 30 and Madrid have until August 31 to complete the deal.
UEFA reopened PSG’s case in July
To elaborate on this Kylian Mbappe Transfer News, UEFA took a call of reopening the investigation into PSG’s accounts in July after mistakenly closing the case a month ago. The governing body issued a statement regarding this case on July 18 which read: “In light of the recent decision taken by Chief Investigator of the Financial Control Body Club (CFCB) to close the PSG investigation, which began on September 1, 2017, the CFCB Chair decided to send this decision for review.”
La Liga president Javier Tebas also confirmed the same to AS as he said: “It is true that at the beginning of the summer we again asked UEFA to reopen the investigations on PSG.”
The ultimate power to sanction PSG lays with the Chamber of Adjudicature, chaired by Portugal’s former prosecutor Jose Cunha. He has already done so with Serie A giants AC Milan in the past.
PSG managed to avoid the Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions while signing Neymar from Barcelona for a whopping €222 million but it forced them to bring in Mbappe from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco on an initial loan deal, with an option to buy for €180 million. Now the club must play up or return the player to Monaco.
The Article F of FFP standards states that a club will be barred from registering any new players for UEFA competitions for breaching the said regulations. PSG are likely to break a key FFP rule if they were to make an outlay of €180 million this summer. Real Madrid are lurking!
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