Neymar to PSG Transfer to Undergo UEFA Financial Fair Play Investigation

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2017

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JULY 29: Neymar of FC Barcelona during the International Champions Cup 2017 match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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UEFA will investigate Neymar's transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain to ensure the Ligue 1 side comply with their financial fair play rules, but it will not hinder his impending move to the club.

According to Spanish news agency EFE (h/t Sport), UEFA released a statement regarding the deal: 

"All clubs in Europe must respect financial fair-play rules and must demonstrate that they do not have losses of more than €30 million over three years.
 
"As part of the continuous monitoring of clubs under financial fair play regulations, UEFA will look into the details of this transfer in due course to ensure PSG are compliant with FFP requirements.
 
"The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount.
 
"We shall therefore only make calculations at the end and make sure that they respect the rules."

Per Aleks Klosok of CNN London (via James Masters of CNN), La Liga confirmed on Thursday they had rejected PSG's attempt to deposit Neymar's €222 million release clause.

Organisation president Javier Tebas had warned he would "report" Les Parisiens to UEFA in such an event, but according to EFE, the governing body "have not received complaints from anyone regarding this matter." 

Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol relayed La Liga's concerns regarding PSG's pursuit of the Brazilian:

Given the deal will see the Spanish top flight lose one of its biggest stars, it's understandable La Liga are less than enthused at the prospect of seeing the forward swap Barcelona for PSG.

The enormity of the deal, which could total £450 million when the player's wages and bonuses are taken into account, according to Sky Sports News, is bound to attract questions as to whether the club can comply with FFP regulations.

However, with UEFA having now confirmed they will only assess the details of Neymar's transfer after its completion, La Liga may have to relent and accept his release clause.

As noted by ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan, La Liga's rejection of PSG has perhaps complicated matters for Barcelona:

Indeed, with Neymar intent on leaving, the best thing for the club now is to move on and begin bringing in a replacement.

Concerns over FFP may persist, but they will be for PSG and UEFA to deal with while Barcelona look to rebuild their side.

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