Real Madrid await UEFA ruling that could force PSG to sell Mbappé

24 Aug 2018

Real Madrid may still have a chance to sign Kylian Mbappé. The club is waiting to see if PSG will be sanctioned by UEFA for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulation next week. If the Parisian club are found to have been in breach of Uefa’s rules, they would be obligated to sell one of their star players, which could pave the way for Mbappé’s exit to Madrid.

With the agreed loan term period for Mbappé ending on Monday, PSG must immediately fulfil their obligation to purchase the player from Monaco for 180 million euros. This would mean the club will be in breach of two of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations related to staff salary limits and account balances, which could force them to sell the player or give him back to Monaco.

With the transfer markets in Italy and England now closed, only Real Madrid would currently have the power to buy Mbappé. And Florentino Perez is ready to pounce should he be given the opportunity. Uefa will have to give their ruling on PSG on August 30, which would mean that Madrid would have until August 31, the LaLiga transfer deadline, to close a deal for the player.

LaLiga asked that PSG case be reopened

Uefa reopened its investigation into PSG in July, just a month after it had closed the case. “In light of the recent decision of the Club Financial Control Body chief investigator to close the investigation into Paris Saint-Germain – which commenced on 1 September 2017 – the chairman of the CFCB has decided to send this decision for review by the adjudicatory chamber,” said Uefa in a statement released at the start of July.

Speaking to AS this Wednesday, LaLiga president Javier Tebas said: “It’s true that at the start of the summer, we asked Uefa to reopen the investigation into PSG.”

Head of Uefa’s adjudicatory chamber and former general prosecutor for Portugal, Jose Cunha Rodrigues now has the power to sanction PSG, as he has already done this year with AC Milan (although that ruling was eventually overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport) and Swiss club FC Sion.

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