Kylian Mbappe Transfer - Have PSG broken Financial Fair Play rules?

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Kylian Mbappe

The transfer of Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco on Thursday on loan with an option to buy reportedly worth an eye-watering €180 million follows the arrival in the French capital of Neymar from Barcelona.

Neymar joined for a whopping €222 million, leading to questions about how Qatari-owned PSG can comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

AFP Sport has taken a look at the details of FFP and what it means for PSG.

WHAT IS FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY?

Financial Fair Play was first approved by European football’s governing body UEFA in 2010 to try and combat soaring debts in the game.

From 2013-2015 clubs could only post an annual loss of €45 million, which was reduced to €30 million for the next three years, running until 2018.

Investments in stadiums, training facilities, youth development and women’s football are not included in the calculations, as UEFA want to encourage spending in those areas.

UEFA explain FFP simply as “about improving the overall financial health of European club football”.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES?

Neymar

Neymar

Several big clubs have fallen foul of FFP rules in the past, including PSG, although total bans from European competition have been rare.

The then-English champions Manchester City and PSG were both given 60-million-euro fines, 40 million of which suspended, in 2014, and saw their squads for the Champions League cut from 25 to 21 players.

Theoretically though, the sanctions could be far stricter for serious breaches of regulations, with UEFA listing “deduction of points”, “disqualification from competitions” and “withdrawal of a title or award” as among the possible measures that can be taken against clubs.

HAVE PSG BROKEN ANY RULES?

La Liga certainly thinks so with regards to Neymar’s transfer, but UEFA insisted that it was impossible to judge how the Brazilian’s move would affect the club’s balancing of the books in the long run.

“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club’s finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount,” UEFA said in a statement to AFP.

President of Spain’s La Liga, Javier Tebas, believes PSG cannot possibly comply with FFP without using inflated sponsorship deals from Qatari companies way above market value and has labelled the system “financial doping”.

Brendan Rodgers, who manages Celtic – drawn in the same group as PSG in the Champions League, was more emphatic: “If they sign Mbappe, you could rip up Financial Fair Play. Since it was brought in you could argue it’s gone the other way. It’s obscene now.”

SELL TO MAKE UP SHORTFALL

The transfers of Neymar and Mbappe will appear on PSG’s financial statements for the 2017-18 tax year, with UEFA’s assessment of FFP compliance coming a year after that.

However, the double signings mean PSG will need to generate an estimated 125m euros annually to match its 2015/16 financial statement, although that blow has been softened as Mbappe was taken on a loan deal, with a view to a permanent move, meaning his transfer will be settled in the next financial year.

Mbappe’s signing hours before the transfer deadline closed came shortly after PSG sold Serge Aurier to Tottenham to help cater for Neymar and Mbappe.

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Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey appears to have questioned Arsenal’s transfer policy as the club shipped out several players on transfer deadline day.

While the Gunners now look like holding onto Alexis Sanchez despite two late bids from Manchester City, a lot of Arsenal fans have been left deflated by the number of Emirates Stadium exits.

Sanchez had been odds-on to move to City after being linked with the club throughout the summer.

The Chile forward has less than a year remaining on his contract and was the subject of a second bid from City on Thursday afternoon.

Press Association Sport understands Arsenal would only have sanctioned his departure if they had been able to strike a deal with Monaco for Thomas Lemar.

Despite what is believed to have been a club-record bid, it is now highly unlikely the France international – in action against Holland tonight – will sign in time to beat the 11pm BST deadline so Sanchez is set to stay put.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool has been the biggest domestic transfer of deadline day as the England international insisted he was looking to take his game to the next level at Anfield.

“The decision to leave was tough after being a part of the club for so many years, but I feel that this move is right for the next stage in my ongoing development,” he said.

Ramsey, currently away on international duty with Wales, was one of a promising British core of players much-heralded by manager Arsene Wenger.

Two of that quintet have left in the last 24 hours with Kieran Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain being sold on, and Ramsey posted a message on Instagram which looked to query the decision to sell.

“Another of our British boys heading on to new things,” he wrote alongside a picture of himself and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“Not only have we lost a great player we’ve lost a great guy in the changing room and It is sad to see you go mate.

“Had some great memories over the years playing along side you and I wish you all the best with this new chapter in your life ?#theOX#shaaambles.”

The “shaaambles” hashtag is believed to refer to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s nickname, rather than being a comment on Arsenal’s dealings.

Ramsey is the only one of those five precocious players, famously pictured alongside one another as they all penned new deals in December 2012, who finds himself a first-team regular at the club.

Carl Jenkinson is currently on loan at Birmingham, although he is sidelined having dislocated his shoulder on his Blues debut, while Jack Wilshere was widely expected to be sent out on a temporary deal having spent last season at Bournemouth.

Wojciech Szczesny joined Juventus last month and defender Gabriel was sold earlier in August, with Gibbs leaving for West Brom on Wednesday.

Further deadline-day departures saw Lucas Perez return to Deportivo on a season-long loan, with Joel Campbell set for a similar deal at Real Betis.

Arsenal have yet to add to the free signing of Sead Kolasinac and the club-record purchase of Alexandre Lacazette as the deadline looms.

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Kylian Mbappe's career in numbers as AS Monaco striker completes PSG loan move

Sport360 staff 31/08/2017

Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe on a season-long loan, with an option to buy next summer.

"Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the immediate arrival of Kylian Mbappe," the club wrote on its website.

"The loan agreement also includes an option to buy which, when exercised, will bind the player to Paris Saint-Germain until June 30, 2022." According to media reports, the overall transfer fee could rise to 180 million euros including add-ons, which would make Mbappe, 18, the second most valuable player ever behind his new team-mate Neymar. The gallery above looks at the 18-year-old France forward's burgeoning career in numbers.

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