Professional football is a big money business and despite Tottenham Hotspur FC’s chairman Daniel Levy calling this summer’s spending unsustainable, it is possible that the only reason spending will go down next summer is because no club will activate a 222 million Euro release clause in a player’s contract. The player who did have that happen for them: Neymar, formerly of Barcelona, is now officially set to join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after what was threatening to become an all out legal war between the French Football Federation and the Spanish authorities of the same nature. The reason this month long drama threatened to linger on closer to deadline day is this morning it was reported that the La Liga officials had flaunted UEFA rules and not accepted the 222 million euro check on behalf of Barcelona from PSG. However despite both federations threatening to get UEFA involved yet no official complaints have been filed concerning financial fair play which is a UEFA policy that prevents clubs from spending more than they earn in order to ensure that clubs do not go bankrupt.
Even if the status quo stands concerning FFP violations given that this transfer more than doubles the 105 million Euros that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer, UEFA is conducting an investigation just in case although the move will be allowed to proceed. One important thing to note about the transfer fee is that Neymar himself does not see that money (although he will see roughly an equal amount on his PSG contract) and that money goes from PSG’s coffers to Barcelona’s which will allow the Catalan giants to spend on a replacement. Rumors as to who that might be range from Monaco wunderkind Kylian Mbappe who before this move seemed a sure bet to set the world record transfer fee to Neymar’s Brazil teammate and current Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to Mesut Ozil of Arsenal, any of whom would command a large chunk of that Neymar fee, with some money leftover. Hopefully, these two clubs meet in the Champions League so fireworks can really begin.