Paris Saint-Germain appear to be nearing the completion of their transfer of Neymar from Barcelona but it now appears they could fall foul of UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) rules for the second time.
As the Qatari owned club seeks to double the current world record transfer fee to a whopping €222 million, Spanish league boss Javier Tebas is reportedly preparing to cry foul over the financial muscle the Paris based outfit looks set to exercise.
Reported by Spanish news outlet Marca, Tebas has vowed to report PSG to UEFA over their ability to fund such a monstrous transfer fee.
“Even if they don’t pay the release clause we will report them.
“They cannot make up some commercial numbers that are bigger than Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“Nobody believes that, which means that the state of Qatar is injecting money and that violates Financial Fair Play.”
The French giants have fallen foul of the FFP regulations before. Back in 2014 the club was fined €60 million and had their squad reduced from 25 to 21 players as a result of that breach.
According to L’Equipe, Andrea Traverso, who oversees FFP for UEFA, admits the potential transfer is on their radar,
“On the transfer operations, we are not concerned. But if they [PSG] recruit Neymar, they will contact us to explain this operation. PSG must be wary of sanctions related to financial fair play.
“PSG are no longer under those restrictions [from 2014], but that doesn’t mean they can start to do what they want.
“They must respect financial fair play regulations, just like everyone else in Europe. They must show they can have losses that do not go beyond €30 million over three years.
“I note the impact of any possible arrival of Neymar in Paris would have an effect that would be felt over several years. But it’s very difficult to judge this kind of operation in advance. I don’t know their plans.”
There is currently no indication what the sanctions Traverso alludes to and as of yet, the Paris club has not done anything to suggest any breach of the FFP rules.
For now, therefore, it appears the transfer machine continues to turn and Neymar’s exit from the Camp Nou draws ever closer.