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Why Kylian Mbappe or Neymar might leave PSG – reports

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ByMarcus Foley
22/08/2018 at 21:40 | Updated 22/08/2018 at 22:22

Should PSG fail Financial Fair Play then they may be forced into selling Neymar or could miss out on signing Kylian Mbappe, according to reports in Spain.

UEFA's Club Financial Control Body are set to announce whether PSG are in breach of FFP on Thursday and the ramifications, according to respected Spanish radio station Onda Cero, could see the Paris club lose one of their marquee players.


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Fernando Burgos reports that should PSG fall foul of the regulations, then, depending on the sanction, they could lose either Neymar or Mbappe.

UEFA have, according to the report, a number of options available to them should PSG be in breach, including:

  • PSG are fined
  • PSG are forced to sell players to meet FFP
  • PSG are banned from signing new players

Burgos, a reporter with links inside Real Madrid, reports that option two could see Neymar become available for a transfer in an attempt to meet FFP while option three would mean PSG were unable to complete their purchase option – due to come into effect on August 27 - on Mbappe.

Depending on the scenario, the report suggests that Real Madrid would move for either of the two players.


There is only one definite in this story: Real Madrid want to sign either Mbappe or Neymar. However, while PSG having to sell to meet FFP or being banned from signing players are possible and plausible, they are highly unlikely outcomes. The most likely outcome would be a fine, certainly if history is anything to go by.

Furthermore, it has been reported elsewhere that Mbappe’s permanent transfer to PSG has already been completed, further undermining the story. Therefore this story, while from a respected source, should be treated with a modicum of suspicion.


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