PSG are 90 minutes away from suffering another elimination in the Champions League after losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
Christophe Galtier has been at the receiving end of criticism
Despite boasting superstars such as Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Marco Verratti, Achraf Hakimi and Gianluigi Donnarumma, Paris Saint-Germain are currently going through a serious crisis. PSG are 90 minutes away from suffering another elimination in the Champions League after losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Christophe Galtier has been at the receiving end of criticism, with Zinedine Zidane emerging once more as his potential successor. There is no peacetime at the Ligue 1 club. The season kicked off amid controversy due to the alleged penalty-taking feud between Mbappe and Neymar; Mbappe allegedly asked the club to offload Neymar, while reports stress that PSG are not pleased with the Brazilian’s attitude.
Mbappe could hand in a transfer request
Neymar came close to moving to Chelsea, but there was no deal between the two clubs. The Brazil international was recently involved in an argument with PSG advisor Luis Campos after a 3-1 defeat at Monaco. Meanwhile, the futures of Messi and Ramos are up in the air as their contracts expire at the end of the season. There are also reports claiming that Mbappe could hand in a transfer request in the event they missed out on Champions League qualification. Messi wants to stay put, but the two parties have yet to reach an agreement. His father and agent met in person with Campos, but they didn’t strike a deal. As for Ramos, he is expected to negotiate a new contract with the club, but his future remains uncertain as PSG have signed Milan Skriniar from Inter.
PSG spent 728 million euros on salaries last season
According to a recent report by Football Benchmark, PSG recorded 389 million euros in losses, this being the highest figure in Europe. It has to be noted that the UEFA Financial Fair Play allows each club to spend 90 per cent of their income on salaries and commissions to agents. Last August, UEFA handed the current Ligue 1 leaders a fine of 65m euros, of which they had to pay 10m euros upfront, and the other 55m euros would be paid in the event of another FFP breach. As has been revealed that the club spent 728 million euros on salaries last season, which explains the financial losses they suffer year after year. PSG have reportedly taken a decision and hired the services of the American company Legends Hospitality in their bid to find a new ground.
While PSG were willing to acquire the Parc des Princes in order to renovate it, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, sees only a lease contract as a viable option for both parties to prosper. Moving to the Stade de France was an alternative that was immediately ruled out because of its high cost. Several racecourses were also considered, including the one in Poissy, very close to where PSG’s new training ground will be inaugurated, or the other one in Yvelines. Still, for the moment, it has yet to be known which will be the club’s future home.