City Lie in Wait if PSG Pay Ultimate Price for FFP Woes

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It would be the ultimate in football one-upmanship. Manchester City are poised to move in to sign Kylian Mbappe if Paris St-Germain face Financial Fair Play sanctions.

In the nightmare scenario, the Parisiens could be forced to pull out of the £167m deal which turns the 18-year-old’s loan into a permanent move from AS Monaco. UEFA launched an investigation into the French club’s finances, contending the loan deal should be counted as last summer’s transfer spend not this summer’s.

Having already suffered punishments for previous FFP transgressions, the Sunday Mirror claims there is a real possibility that PSG may find themselves facing expulsion from next season’s Champions League, as well as fines of a level which would force them to sell players.

An easier solution is to find an alternative buyer for one of French’s footballs most highly-regarded talents. Mbappe is proving a valuable addition for PSG as they look to reclaim their Ligue Un title, with 19 goals and 17 assists as Neymar Jr, 26, and Edinson Cavani, 31, grab the headlines with their goals.

For the club to be forced into such a dramatic conflict with UEFA requires the governing body to show a previously unseen strength. PSG may be quietly confident of avoiding such a punishment but are aware Aleksander Ceferin needs to carve himself as different to his predecessors if he is to travel the well-worn path from Zurich to Nyon.