The French top flight, Ligue 1, have introduced new salary rules that could force champions Paris Saint-Germain to sell their most expensive players, Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Ligue 1, through financial asset management firm DNCG who manages the finances of the league, has stated that starting next summer, no club in the French top flight should spend more than 70 percent of its total income on salaries.
Paris Saint-Germain are way over that margin, spending 91 percent of their earnings on wages for their super team, with 18 of the top 20 earners in the league all plying their trade at the Paris-based club.
Messi and Neymar alone earn a combined £1.6 million a week. The Argentine earns around £700,000-a-week while the Brazilian earns around £850,000-a-week. Their attack partner, Kylian Mbappe, earns only £460,000-a-week, almost half of what Neymar earns and a little above half of what Messi earns.
Mbappe could be leaving the club this season, which will help PSG to lower their wage bill. However, the club are tempting the 23-year-old with a new bumper salary that could see him earn as much as Messi does. And the forward is reportedly considering that offer alongside a few other variables to determine if he will move on from the club.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, PSG are willing to sell Neymar and have slapped a £76 million price tag on the former Barcelona man, who joined the club in 2017 as the world's first €200 million player. Neymar and the club's fans have been at loggerheads for a while, and recent reports also claim that the Qatari owners of the club have begun to feel frustrated with the 30-year-old.
The club are not willing to lose Lionel Messi, however, whose economic and financial pull is stronger than that of Mbappe and Neymar. The Argentine, who is a seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, is also considered one of the best players in the world who can change the course of a game or a season for any team he plays in.
This leaves a dilemma for PSG about who to let go in the summer amongst their three mega stars. The club, however, are planning a clearout with a few departures in the midfield and second-string expected to happen.
Still, it will not lower their wage bill to the required 70 percent which could attract them a transfer embargo penalty.
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