When financial fairplay was first created, the teams owned by billionaires began to panic.

The likes of PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea began to wonder if their spending could continue at the same rate. Loopholes were quickly found, with Manchester City even hiring 2 of the men who created FFP to work for their financial team.

 

However PSG may have just taken the biscuit with their latest strategy.

Many are looking at the acquisition of Neymar for £198m and the news of Mbappe arriving in the next few days for £163m and wondering where on earth PSG are getting this kind of money from in a single year?

Many have complained about Manchester City’s spending this summer which has so far reached £210m. However if PSG do manage to land Mbappe then their spending will reach roughly £374m, that’s £164m more, or one Mbappe.

This level of spending is making managers all around the world angry and rightly so. They’re all wondering how PSG are able to throw about such funds when their own teams finances are under strict rules.

 

How PSG Are Getting Around FFP

The way PSG are getting around FFP is either genius or crafty, you decide.

What they’re doing is staggered payments. In terms of the Neymar deal, Barcelona will be paid £40m per year for the next 5 years.

This enables PSG to share the overall spend and stay well within the FFP rules for each individual year.

You would also expect the exact same strategy to occur with the potential Mbappe deal. This means that PSG have only spent around £80m this summer on 4 players, well below their yearly profits.

The only downfall for PSG is that even before the transfer window opens each year, their spending will begin on roughly £70m. This means that landing Neymar and Mbappe is great in the short term, but PSG may suffer if they wish to sign more players in the next 5 years.

If Neymar and Mbappe both take the world by storm along with other young players like Draxler and Verratti, then PSG may only need to add one player per season. This is surely the plan from the PSG board and managerial staff.

However it’s a huge risk especially when long term injuries are a plausible possiblity for either or both players.

 

Is FFP Ruined?

Unless the rules are changed then yes it’s ruined.

In fact it’s actually going to make many teams even more unstable and increase the possiblity of bankruptcy.

Just think about finance/credit payment schemes. If you want a certain car but can’t afford it, then companies will enable you to pay monthly until the entire price is paid in full or in full with interest added.

Now imagine that on a much larger scale, where hundreds of millions are hanging over your head. One or two bad seasons back to back and major teams could find themselves not making payments, or not having enough money to rebuild their teams.

The people behind FFP need to go back to the drawing board and rethink their entire strategy before the footballing world turns ugly and we lose some of the most historic teams.

When financial fairplay was first created, the teams owned by billionaires began to panic.

The likes of PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea began to wonder if their spending could continue at the same rate. Loopholes were quickly found, with Manchester City even hiring 2 of the men who created FFP to work for their financial team.

 

However PSG may have just taken the biscuit with their latest strategy.

Many are looking at the acquisition of Neymar for £198m and the news of Mbappe arriving in the next few days for £163m and wondering where on earth PSG are getting this kind of money from in a single year?

Many have complained about Manchester City's spending this summer which has so far reached £210m. However if PSG do manage to land Mbappe then their spending will reach roughly £374m, that's £164m more, or one Mbappe.

This level of spending is making managers all around the world angry and rightly so. They're all wondering how PSG are able to throw about such funds when their own teams finances are under strict rules.

 

How PSG Are Getting Around FFP

The way PSG are getting around FFP is either genius or crafty, you decide.

What they're doing is staggered payments. In terms of the Neymar deal, Barcelona will be paid £40m per year for the next 5 years.

This enables PSG to share the overall spend and stay well within the FFP rules for each individual year.

You would also expect the exact same strategy to occur with the potential Mbappe deal. This means that PSG have only spent around £80m this summer on 4 players, well below their yearly profits.

The only downfall for PSG is that even before the transfer window opens each year, their spending will begin on roughly £70m. This means that landing Neymar and Mbappe is great in the short term, but PSG may suffer if they wish to sign more players in the next 5 years.

If Neymar and Mbappe both take the world by storm along with other young players like Draxler and Verratti, then PSG may only need to add one player per season. This is surely the plan from the PSG board and managerial staff.

However it's a huge risk especially when long term injuries are a plausible possiblity for either or both players.

 

Is FFP Ruined?

Unless the rules are changed then yes it's ruined.

In fact it's actually going to make many teams even more unstable and increase the possiblity of bankruptcy.

Just think about finance/credit payment schemes. If you want a certain car but can't afford it, then companies will enable you to pay monthly until the entire price is paid in full or in full with interest added.

Now imagine that on a much larger scale, where hundreds of millions are hanging over your head. One or two bad seasons back to back and major teams could find themselves not making payments, or not having enough money to rebuild their teams.

The people behind FFP need to go back to the drawing board and rethink their entire strategy before the footballing world turns ugly and we lose some of the most historic teams.