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PSG urged to sell three players to meet FFP requirements

El futbolista francés del PSG, Nkunku, durante un partido.

Damien Meyer

AFP

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain have an obligation to sell some of the playing staff by June 2019 in order to balance their books.

Pressured by the rules imposed on them by UEFA's Financial Fair Play, Paris Saint-Germain need to bring in more revenue, an amount close to 60 million euros, and before the summer. This should be possible, without too much difficulty, if they can raise the capital through the transfer of some of their squad, and will avoid them facing further sanctions.

PSG's player financing

After splashing out on the almost simultaneous signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in 2017, the club must continue to balance the books. The arrival of both players adding 180 million euros per year in terms of both transfer fees and salaries.

This was made possible thanks to last year's exit operation which saw Javier Pastore, Yuri Berchiche, Odsonne Edouard and Jonathan Ikoné leave the club, and brought in around 64 million euros. Further revenue has been achieved from the sales of Giovanni Lo Celso to Real Betis (25 million euros) as well as 10 million euros as part of the final sale of Grzegorz Krychowiak to Lokomotiv Moscow.

Meunier, Nkunku and Nsoki

In the pursuit of achieving their objectives this year, PSG have already identified the necessary transfers of Thomas Meunier, Christophe Nkunku and Stanley Nsoki, and will negotiate with other clubs in order to obtain appropriate market value. Meunier, whose contract expires in 2020, is likely to generate revenue of between 20 and 25 million euros, which will help ease the way to FFP obligations.

Clearly there has been much made of the possible departures of the two protagonists, Neymar and Mbappé, both of who would go for huge sums that would meet the requirements in a single transaction. This, however, appears to go against the on-field strategy of the club hierarchy, desperate to dominate in Europe. And there are plans to strengthen this summer too.