There have been reports that Paris Saint-Germain have had to put Kylian Mbappe’s move from Monaco on hold as they look for a way to sign the player and stay within financial fair play (FFP) regulations.
Mbappe has already passed a medical with the team and he is expected to join the club on loan this season with an automatic purchase option worth €180 million being taken up next summer.
After their €222 million purchase of Neymar, PSG wanted to make sure that the financial aspects of their deal for Mbappe would not be taken into account this season as they aim to stay in compliance with the FFP regulations that only allow a club a deficit of €30 million.
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 1, 2017
However, if there is an automatic purchase option included for Mbappe the €180 million fee would be counted as expenditure for the current season.
This would mean that PSG would risk infringing the limits and that in turn could lead to heavy sanctions from UEFA. They have already failed to comply with FFP in the past and as a result may be facing exclusion from the Champions League.
However, Monaco are insisting on an automatic purchase option as they don’t want to send Mbappe out on loan only for him to return a year later with just 12 months left on his contract.
However, there are reports that the delay is simply because France coach Didier Deschamps wanted Mbappe fully focused on the country’s World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands last week. There were rumours over the weekend that the deal had already been made official but that PSG was waiting to confirm the news.
Whatever the real reason, it is highly likely that there will be an announcement in the coming days.