This weekend, Mediapart, the independent French online investigative and opinion journal, took the risk of disturbing Paris Saint-Germain FC’s winter break by publishing its own calculations in relation to the economic situation of the club.
According to the journal, whose editor-in-chief is Edwy Plenel, if UEFA took action over the French champion club on its financial results in recent years, PSG would be summoned to find 170 million Euros by the end of the year to avoid being excluded from European competitions.
This substantial sum would obviously go through the forced sale of a major player, and the eyes would then turn to Neymar or Kylian Mbappé. A revelation that the famous journal brought to light and had become controversial a few days ago, and caused a strong reaction on the part of PSG, which had quickly denied, before depriving journalists from the sports daily to access their press conferences.
For its part, Mediapart relies on precise figures, including two of them. First of all, the fact that the contract with the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), which brought in 145 million Euros per year, was finally accounted for 58 million Euros per year, whereas it had already been lowered to 100 million Euros in 2014.
In this regard, UEFA has indicated that it will not accept the proliferation of Qatari sponsorships to subsidize the budget, and limit to 36 million Euros the revenue from the main Qatari sponsors in 2019-20. In other words, it is impossible for PSG to boost its income with companies close to its owners, and these new calculations would cause losses of 100 million Euros per year, excluding the sale of players.
An equation that would be impossible to solve, unless there is a separation from several stars and big salaries.