Paris Saint-Germain have refuted claims they are making eventuality plans to sell either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe next summer.
French newspaper L'Equipe had reported on Friday that the Ligue 1 leaders are looking into all their options in the wake of UEFA's investigation into their handling of FFP – including the possible loss of one of their biggest stars.
But PSG have slammed the report as “Erroneous, ridiculous and likely to create great tension” between the paper and the club, and gone as far as to question the publication's “Intellectual honesty and ulterior motives”.
The investigation into PSG’s spending was initially opened in September 2017, under pressure from some of Europe's biggest clubs, in the wake of their world-record £200m signing of Neymar and loan deal for Mbappe, which included a £166m obligation to buy.
UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules mandate that clubs cannot spend more than they earn in any given season and that deficits must fall within a 30-million-euro limit over three seasons – and, if the Qatari-owned club are ultimately found guilty, they could face exclusion from European competition.
Ahead of their final Champions League Group C game against Red Star Belgrade next Tuesday (with qualification to the knockout stage hanging on a knife-edge as Napoli and Liverpool face each other), PSG called for their wider community to get behind the team.
“With four days to go until the match in Belgrade in the Champions League, PSG invites its community – supporters, partners, former players – to gather more than ever around the red and blue jersey, its players and values and ambitions, that the club will always carry with pride,” they said.
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