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Could Financial Fair Play stop Neymar joining PSG? La Liga boss bids to block deal

Date Posted,August 1, 2017

Neymar is closing in on a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain – but could Financial Fair Play rules scupper it?

Reports in Spain suggest La Liga officials want to block the deal, which would see PSG pay €220m to trigger Neymar’s release clause.

La Liga boss Javier Tebas believes PSG chiefs are breaking the FFP rules with income from their Qatari backers.

Tebas, who is a Real Madrid fan, told Sport: “”They cannot make a number in which their commercial rights are greater than those of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“Nobody believes this.”

However, sources suggest that La Liga can’t act because the transfer is an issue for the clubs, not the league.

It seems likely that UEFA WILL allow the deal to go through and let PSG to balance the books by selling players.

Brazilian forward Neymar on the Barcelona US tour last month (Image: AFP)

A UEFA spokesman said: “PSG must respect Financial Fair Play rules as do all other clubs in Europe.

“They must demonstrate that they do not have losses of more than 30m euros over three years.

“The impact of a potential transfer of Neymar to PSG would have an effect on the club finances over several years.

“It is very difficult to judge this type of operation in advance as we do not know the plans of the French club.

“They could well sell a few players for a similar or even superior amount.

“We shall therefore only make calculations at the end and make sure that they respect the rules.”

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Tebas is not worried about the weakening of La Liga, or the Catalan side, if Neymar is to depart.

He told Marca: “La Liga and Barcelona are bigger than Neymar. I would be more worried if Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi left.”

PSG have previously been fined for breaking regulations for FFP in 2014.

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