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PSG's multimillion dollar purchases push UEFA to open Financial Fair Play inquiry

PSG's multimillion dollar purchases push UEFA to open Financial Fair Play inquiry

Paris Saint-Germain have issued a statement in response to an UEFA investigation surrounding their summer transfer activity.

UEFA's Club Financial Control Body monitors all clubs as a matter of course but still made a point to announce the investigation into PSG and said the summer acquisitions were behind their move.

"The Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body has opened a formal investigation into Paris Saint-Germain as part of its ongoing monitoring of clubs under Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations", UEFA said in a statement.

That fueled speculation PSG was seeking to evade UEFA's monitoring of spending rules created to ensure clubs break even on their football income and spending on players.

The Ligue 1 club paid a world-record fee of £198m to sign Neymar from Barcelona last month and agreed a season-long loan for Kylian Mbappe that contains an obligation to buy the forward for £165m in 2018.

This is the not the first time PSG have been investigated under FFP rules and even received a fine and spending cap for previously breaking regulations with excessive spending.

"We recalled that we have always operated in total transparency with the European football body, with whom we developed relations of trust for six years, showing our greatest respect for the institution".

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Neymar's world-record arrival at PSG was followed up by the acquisition of Kylian Mbappe.

Since FFP rules allow a club to run only a €30m deficit over three years, PSG wanted to structure their deal for the 18-year-old so the financial impact of his arrival would not be taken into account this season.

While Mbappe and Neymar arrived, Serge Aurier and Blaise Matuidi were among the departures, but eyebrows were raised across Europe at whether PSG were following FFP rules with their unprecedented player expenditure.

In their response to the investigation, PSG said they had already written off €104m including wages, this summer, and hinted that more players were likely to be sold before UEFA examines its books.

On August 31, PSG sought further guidance from UEFA's FFP team "in order to clarify in a transparent way how the operation with AS Monaco would be integrated as of this season into the club accounts, both in terms of depreciation and payroll, in compliance with French accounting standards and IFRS". They spent more than any other club in a single transfer window.

PSG is owned by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, headquartered in Qatar's capital of Doha.


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