UEFA have closed their investigation into the financial affairs of Paris Saint-Germain – but the French champions will need to sell before they can buy this summer.
European football’s governing body opened an investigation into the spending of the Qatari-owned club following their big spending last summer.
That saw Les Parisiens splash £200million to land Neymar from Barcelona – more than doubling the world transfer record.
They would also sign Kylian Mbappe on loan from Monaco, with that deal set to be turned permanent for £166million this summer.
La Liga president Javier Tebas accused PSG of “financial doping” while there were suggestions the club had inflated fees for sponsorship deals.
At the heart of the issue was one deal, renewed last year, with the Qatar Tourism Authority, believed to be worth £105million annually but which had been assessed for UEFA by an independent marketing consultant, who judged the figure as far above genuine commercial “fair value”.
The initial sponsorship deal between the two had previously been investigated in 2014, leading to a settlement between the UEFA Club Financial Control Body and PSG being agreed, with sanctions.
Now the CFCB insist that “after significant fair value adjustments of several club sponsorship contracts” they are happy that PSG are in line with their Financial Fair Play regulations.
A statement declared: “The CFCB Investigatory Chamber further decided to close the investigation into Paris Saint-Germain.
“Such decision follows a detailed review of transfer contracts and an analysis of the related management accounts which confirmed that such transactions were in line with the UEFA Club Licensing & Financial Fair Play Regulations.
“Furthermore, the chamber concluded that after significant fair value adjustments of several club sponsorship contracts – on the basis of evaluations performed by independent third party assessors – the break-even result of the club remains within acceptable deviation for the financial years ending in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
“The financial impact of transfer activities as from the 2017 summer – up to and including the upcoming transfer window – and compliance with the break-even requirement for the 2018 financial year will remain under close scrutiny and will be thoroughly looked at in the coming weeks.”
As such, PSG will be admitted into European competition next season.
But UEFA’s insistence that they will continue to scrutinise the club’s accounts means it promises to be an interesting summer at the Parc des Princes.
With Mbappe’s move and the spending involved not subject to the accounts that have already been scrutinised, PSG will almost certainly need to bring in cash via player sales as to not to avoid potential future sanctions.