Neymar Jr.

There’s nothing stopping Paris Saint Germain from achieving their goals.
While everyone is still trying to recover from the shock caused by the acquisition of Neymar Jr. in a record-breaking €222M deal, Paris Saint Germain are wasting no time for adding another superstar on their roster for a similar price. Despite initial reports that he’s heading to Real Madrid, it looks as though that Kylian Mbappe is bound to join PSG.

The biggest issue for both the Neymar transfer and the potential new arrival of Kylian Mbappe is of course, the FFP rule which prohibits any club from unreasonable spending. The FFP rules clearly state that clubs can spend up to €5million more than they earn per assessment period (three years). However it can exceed this level to a certain limit, if it is entirely covered by a direct contribution/payment from the club owner(s) or a related party. This prevents the build-up of unsustainable debt.

The limits are:
• €45m for assessment periods 2013/14 and 2014/15
• €30m for assessment periods 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18

To make a long story short, there is no way that PSG can bring another player of value of around €50M or higher unless they sell significantly expensive players from their current roster this season. So, how do they plan on pulling of yet another €160M + add-ons of €20M?

It’s fairly simple. PSG would be prohibited from making a permanent transfer for Mbappe during this season’s two transfer windows but can afford to pay him off completely during next summer. Their plan is to arrange an initial season-long loan with AS Monaco for their prized asset with an obligation to buy once that loan deal ends.

Many have voiced their concerns about the competitiveness of Ligue 1 should this transfer go through as PSG will have a star-studded team perhaps only comparable to the Galacticos of Real Madrid during the past decade. None of the other Ligue 1 teams are even remotely close to acquiring the level of talent that PSG have hoarded over the years. The biggest global stars currently playing for other teams in the French top tier are possibly Memphis Depay, Radamel Falcao, Mario Balotelli and Dimitri Payet all of which would struggle to get into the PSG starting eleven.

On top of that. PSG want to bring in AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho on a permanent transfer immediately. But a feat like that would require them to sell the trio of Grzegorz Krychowiak, Lukas Moura and Serge Aurier.