Champions League

Champions League hopefuls forced to sell eight players to avoid expulsion

UEFA orders

After receiving complaints from the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, UEFA have taken harsher steps in order to ensure clubs comply with their Financial Fair Play regulations.

The complaints were specific to Paris Saint-Germain, who smashed the world transfer fee record this summer when they purchased Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million Euro.

In response, UEFA have ordered the Parisians to sell eight of their players, or face potential expulsion from the 2017/18 Champions League.

Placed on transfer list

According to Spanish outlet El Pais, club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi and general manager Jean-Claude Blanc moved swiftly to contact the agents of players who they were prepared to let go.

The report says that within 48 hours, Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler, Hatem Ben Arfa, Serge Aurier and Thiago Silva were all placed on the transfer list.

As it happened, only two of the players actually left – Aurier to Tottenham for around 25 million Euro and Matuidi to Juventus for 20 million Euro.

As a result, Unai Emery and the squad were understandably unhappy with the goings on – especially the players who were transfer listed.

It remains to be seen whether more players will be sold in the January transfer window, or what PSG’s fate with UEFA will be regarding next season’s Champions League.

Unai Emery’s side currently sit top of the Ligue 1 standings, a point above last season’s winners Monaco.

PSG next face Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in one of the most notable ties of the Champions League round.