UEFA to launch 'surprise' investigation into Paris ST-Germain

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Paris St-Germain are confident they will comply with Financial Fair Play rules despite UEFA opening an investigation over the signing of Neymar this summer for a world-record pounds 203.6 million and the extraordinary deal for Kylian Mbappe that could rise to £165.1 million.

The France global was one of the most sought-after players of the summer transfer window after he played a starring role in Les Rouges et Blancs' Ligue 1 title success and run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.

Following the announcement that UEFA will conduct a probe into Paris Saint-Germain's summer transfer activity, the capital club has released a statement detailing the club's co-operation with FFP regulations.

That is according to the Daily Mirror, who have claimed that Los Blancos missed out on the wonderkid striker to Paris Saint-Germain because United didn't lure Bale to Old Trafford this summer.

The French club signed Neymar from Barcelona for £200m, smashing the previous world-record transfer fee by over £100m. But not everyone is happy. It is understood that inquiries by Uefa have also established that the expected £166 million signing of Kylian Mbappé from Monaco will also be registered within this financial year. President of Spain's La Liga, Javier Tebas, believes PSG can not possibly comply with FFP without using inflated sponsorship deals from Qatari companies way above market value and has labelled the system "financial doping".

So much so that UEFA announced on Friday that its Financial Fair Play panel will conduct an investigation into the club's compliance with Financial Fair Play criteria for the 2017-2018 season as soon as possible - when the season is officially over on 30 June, 2018. Since it was brought in you could argue it's gone the other way.

Along with Neymar, PSG also have prolific Uruguayan frontman Edinson Cavani on their books, as well as a host of creative talent such as Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler and Javier Pastore.

Mbappe's transfer to PSG was finalised near the deadline day for the summer transfer window and although that particular piece of business was done and dusted in time, it is now being said that this transfer will not reflect in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18's forever updating records when the game's first release takes place on 29th September. Although Mbappe himself had always dreamed of playing not for PSG, but Real Madrid.

PSG are likely to be punished but it may not be until next year.

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