PSG are looking to balance their books after a summer of record signings and have now placed five of their star players on the transfer list.
The French club are under pressure to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations after a summer in which they spent €222m to buy Neymar from Barcelona and have also committed another €180m to Monaco, for the transfer of Kylian Mbappe.
The two deals now stand for the biggest transfers in football’s history, signalling the clear intent of the Parisians to win the Champions League. The results have already started to show, as the new attack of PSG (Neymar-Cavani-Mbappe) has started tearing apart defences both in Ligue 1 and in Champions League.
However, if PSG want to continue to play in the Champions League, they will have to make sure that they comply with FFP regulations. UEFA have already announced that they have opened an investigation regarding the French club, to see if the Parisians have broken any rules. PSG know that they will have to sell some of their star players for good money if they want to make sure that no punishments will be issued by UEFA.
According to Mundo Deportivo, PSG have now decided on the players that they will allow to leave, in order to balance their books. Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura and Kevin Trapp will all be offered to other clubs in January, in an attempt to raise enough money so that they will avoid FFP breaching and UEFA sanctions.
There is already interest for most of the players on the list, with a number of Premier League clubs already chasing Draxler and Lucas Moura. Angel Di Maria was wanted by Barcelona this summer, but PSG refused to lower their €60m demands. However, the situation might be different in January, when the Parisians will be forced to sell and won’t be able to hold too much of the price.
If all five players will be sold during the winter transfer window, Unai Emery could be facing squad depth problems for the second part of the season. Should an injury occur for any of his star attackers, the Spanish manager will have a difficult time picking a worthy replacement.