PSG Forced To Sell Eight Players Or Risk Champions League Expulsion

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar celebrates scoring their third goal with Kylian Mbappe.

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According to Spanish outlet El Pais, PSG are at the risk of facing expulsion from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, after failing to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations.

There is no denying that PSG dominated all the headlines in the summer transfer market after smashing the world transfer record with the £198m purchase of Neymar from Barcelona. Kylian Mbappe’s arrival after the Brazilian raised eyebrows as well, and it saw a host of people question whether PSG are sticking to the FFP.

The Financial Fair Play regulations were introduced by former UEFA President Michel Platini in a bid to ensure clubs spend within their means to create a more level playing field in the transfer market.

And now, following complaints from Europe’s prestigious clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, UEFA’s governing body has acted upon the situation, stating that the French giants needs to solve the issue, or else, they risk facing expulsion from the UEFA Champions League 2018/19 season.

Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their first goal.

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After hearing the news, club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi and general manager Jean Claude Blanc contacted the agents of players they deemed surplus to requirements, with reports in Spain confirming the transfer listing of Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi (Sold), Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler, Hatem Ben Arfa, Serge Aurier (Sold), Angel Di Maria and Thiago Silva.

Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring against Rennes.

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PSG have spent far more than they bought in the summer, with just £49m coming in from the Matuidi and Aurier sales. The Ligue 1 giants also managed to offload Jean-Kevin Augustin, Goncalo Guedes (loan), Grzegorz Krychowiak (loan) and Jese Rodriguez (loan).

Considering that PSG have decided to release star players like Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore, and Thiago Silva, there is no doubt that the winter transfer window this coming January might spark a European bidding war, much like the recently concluded summer window.

The aforementioned report is a huge headache for manager Unai Emery, as he prepares his side for the much-awaited Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

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Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam  

United fan since Edwin Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to earn a dramatic Euro glory. Firmly believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or until he plays this sport. One time writer for GiveMeSport and Roar. A regular contributor to Sportskeeda and BlameFootball.


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