PSG confident Neymar, Mbappe deals comply with Financial Fair Play rules

Published September 3rd, 2017 - 01:19 GMT
PSG aim to sell players when the January window opens, and next summer, to ensure that they comply with FFP, having fallen foul of the regulations in the past when they were fined £18 million
PSG aim to sell players when the January window opens, and next summer, to ensure that they comply with FFP, having fallen foul of the regulations in the past when they were fined £18 million

Paris St-Germain are confident they will comply with Financial Fair Play rules despite UEFA opening an investigation over the signing of Neymar this summer for a world-record pounds 203.6 million and the extraordinary deal for Kylian Mbappe that could rise to £165.1 million.

The Daily Telegraph understands from sources at UEFA that PSG have been careful to keep Europe’s governing body informed as to how they structured both deals, particularly the complicated, protracted deadline-day agreement for Mbappe to sign from Monaco, initially on a season-long loan. It is also understood the Mbappe deal almost collapsed late on because negotiations between the clubs were complex and dragged on.

The amazing deal that has been agreed between the French champions and their closest rivals will see PSG pay no fee for Mbappe this season. After that, the 18-year-old will sign a permanent four-year contract, until June 30, 2022, for a minimum fee of £133 million. In addition, there are various bonuses and add-ons that could amount to a further £32 million being paid to Monaco over his contract.

PSG will pay part of the fee next season and more the following campaign but, significantly, the fee will spread over the course of the contract, starting from this season. So, the costs will be covered over five years and not four, it appears.

PSG have also brought in £59.6 million through player sales during this window. They include Serge Aurier to Tottenham Hotspur for £22.5 million, Blaise Matuidi to Juventus for £18 million and Jean-Kevin Augustin to RB Leipzig for £11.7 million. Some high-earners have also gone on loan, including Jese Rodriguez to Stoke City and Grzegorz Krychowiak to West Bromwich Albion.

It means PSG have saved more than £29.3 million in salaries, although that will be topped by the money they pay Neymar and Mbappe. PSG also aim to sell players when the January window opens, and next summer, to ensure that they comply with FFP, having fallen foul of the regulations in the past when they were fined £18 million, with the French club expressing incredulity the investigation had been launched. “The club is surprised by this approach given that it has constantly kept the Uefa Financial Fair Play teams informed about the financial impact of all players’ operations carried out this summer, even though it wasn’t obliged to do so. The club is very confident in its ability to demonstrate that it will fully comply with FFP rules for the fiscal year 2017/18,” PSG said in a statement.

Interestingly, and this is where PSG will face scrutiny given their Qatari ownership structure, the club are also renegotiating contracts with a number of key sponsors. It will argue the signing of Neymar, in particular, and now Mbappe, has hugely raised the profile and interest in the club and is attracting commercial partners.

That is already being born out in increased revenue through merchandising, with PSG shirts being sold out, while match-day income and ticket demands have also increased.

By Jason Burt


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