UEFA publish statement explaining what they’ll do if PSG spend €222m on Neymar

There were reports circulating on Wednesday morning suggesting that La Liga would block Neymar’s transfer to PSG over Financial Fair Play [FFP] regulations.

Barcelona published a statement on their website confirming reports that the 25-year-old Brazilian had asked to leave the club.

Paris Saint-Germain must now stump up a record breaking €222m (£198m) in order to complete the incredible transfer.

It would smash the current world transfer record, set by Manchester United last summer in their £89m acquisition of Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Neymar has spent four years at the Camp Nou and, despite being considered as one of the best players in the world, has remained in Leo Messi’s shadow throughout.

Messi, 31, seems hugely unlikely to ever leave Barcelona and it appears his talented Brazilian teammate has decided to forge his own path.

The reports suggesting La Liga could block the transfer have been rubbished in a statement released by UEFA on Wednesday afternoon.

As per the BBC, UEFA explained exactly how the €222m transfer would effect PSG’s FFP regulations.

“We have not received complaints from anyone regarding this matter.

“All clubs in Europe must respect financial fair-play rules and must demonstrate that they do not have losses of more than 30m euros over three years.

“As part of the continuous monitoring of clubs under financial fair play regulations, UEFA will look into the details of this transfer in due course to ensure PSG are compliant with FFP requirements.

“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount.

“We shall therefore only make calculations at the end and make sure that they respect the rules.”

Despite Barcelona and La Liga’s concerns, Neymar’s world record transfer to PSG will not be blocked by UEFA.

However, the club may well be disciplined if they are unable to balance the books over three years.

It’s worth noting that the Parisiens have spent, comparatively, very little over the summer transfer window thus far.

Veteran wing-back Dani Alves was signed on a free transfer from Juventus and €13m was spent on Spanish full-back Yuri Berchiche.