PSG To Put Quartet On Transfer Market To Comply With FFP
Paris Saint-Germain spent big in the summer and it seems like in order to balance things out in regards to FFP, they will have to sell a number of first-teamers.
The £198 million world record fee forked out to land Neymar, his hefty wages, plus the £166 million that will be due to pay for Kylian Mbappe's services once that deal becomes permanent next summer, left plenty of people wondering how on earth Unai Emery's side would comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Despite PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi regularly stressing that there was no danger of his club failing to adhere to FFP rules, reports say that the Parisians need to free up at least €75 million (£66 million) by June 30 so that they do not face punishment from UEFA.
The best way to do that of course, would be to offload some of the dead wood in the PSG ranks. And as per L'Equipe, four candidates have emerged as potential departees.
Hatem Ben Arfa is on the list and it's no surprise really given his current situation. The former Marseille, Newcastle United, Hull and Nice man was heavily linked with a move in the summer but nothing ever came to fruition.
The 30-year old hasn't made a single appearance for PSG this term and he's been touted as a potential signing for Leicester City boss Claude Puel in the January window. The two worked together at Nice, where Ben Arfa scored 18 goals in 37 appearances.
Furthermore, Argentine duo Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria could both be set for moves away. Due to the arrivals of Neymar and Mbappe, the pair's first-team opportunities have been somewhat limited and they are not deemed indispensable. Former Palermo man Pastore has attracted interest from both Milan clubs, while Di Maria was courted by Barcelona in the summer.
Finally, completing the quarter is Brazil international Lucas Moura. Along with Di Maria, the former Sao Paulo man was linked with a move to Tottenham late in the summer transfer window, but remained in the French capital. He hasn't made a single start though, managing just 72 minutes from the bench in all competitions.
All four players are still in a good period of their career and will no doubt have plenty of suitors enquiring about them.