Nobody doubted that 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe would officially become a Paris St-Germain player once his loan spell with the club was completed, but the Daily Mail reports it will happen now that AS Monaco are mathematically safe from relegation.
The situation triggered the clause in the deal which allows Mbappe to complete his £166m move to the Parc des Princes next summer.
It’s a move which has already attracted the attention of UEFA with the European governing body opening an investigatory case into PSG’s FFP compliance.
While the soon-to-be-crowned French champions declared the move happened in a separate financial period to the £200m signing of Neymar Jr, 26, from Barcelona, UEFA declared their stance to be the opposite and that the loan deal was designed to evade PSG’s FFP obligations.
Penalties include expulsion from the Champions League but even though this would be PSG’s second transgression, few believe UEFA has the will to make such a move. There seems little need for that to happen in any case, as last week’s 3 – 1 defeat in the Bernabeu put them well on course for an early exit from the competition.
Punitive financial penalties are unlikely to hurt the club given their backers, underlining why PSG are not concerned about the investigations.
All that matters is they land their player and in this instance, 15 goals in his 30 appearances underline they made the right choice.