Paris St Germain have completed the incredible signing of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, bringing him to the club on an initial loan with the option to buy next year.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 31, 2017
PSG now possess arguably the most frightening attacking trio in world football. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/6oYYJyGTIF— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 31, 2017
But with the French club also having bought Neymar for £200 million earlier in the summer, can PSG really bring two stars in without falling foul of Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions?
FFP 😂😂😂 # Mbappe— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) August 31, 2017
FFP restrictions were approved in 2010 as a way of ensuring the overall financial health of European club football, and PSG insisted on the initial loan season for Mbappe so as not to fall foul of FFP regulations.
Loan this season, pay the amount next. Smart move by PSG 👌— Miguel Gallegos (@mgallegos123_) August 31, 2017
Each assessment period for FFP is three years, so PSG buying Mbappe next year after his loan spell might not necessarily mean they break the rules.
Whether or not any potential permanent move for Mbappe breaks the rules in any way will presumably become clear in the future, but if they had been broken, what sort of punishment would the club face?
On SSN they just said UEFA can't ban clubs. Not true. They can+have. Whether they will in PSG's case is TBD. Won't be until next yr anyway— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) August 31, 2017
Punishments in the past for breaching FFP rules have included limiting squad size, caps on transfer spending and fines.
The funny thing about FFP isn't how laughable it appears to be in practice, but how laughable the punishments have been.— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) August 31, 2017
Can PSG afford to permanently sign Mbappe next season? Time will tell.