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As a cost-cutting measure, Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain have suspended contract extension talks with star players Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, who may now leave the club this summer.
The French giants fear more Champions League sanctions for Financial Fair Play (FFP) violations after receiving a €10 million fine for discrepancies in their 2020-21 season accounts and a €45 million suspended fine for future violations.
PSG Concerned About FFP Regulations
The French league leaders were eliminated from the competition last week following a three-goal aggregate loss to German behemoths Bayern Munich.
Now, the club intend to reorganize their team in order to substantially reduce expenditures and comply with FIFA’s financial rules.
Their roster is small and has been depleted by injuries this season, placing them in a perilous position.
Neymar Jr has been the standout injury for the Parisians, the Brazilian endured yet another injury in recent weeks to see him out for the rest of the season.
In order to replenish their ranks, 17-year-old defender El Chadaille Bitshiabu and 16-year-old midfielder Warren Zare-Emery finished the game in Champions League in Munich.
Yet, according to a report from L’Equipe, a handful of players may depart the club this summer. According to reports, the futures of midfielders Carlos Soler, Renato Sanches, and Fabian Ruiz are questionable, while left-back Juan Bernat is also likely to be transferred.
PSG Could Face Mass Summer Departures
Following the suspension of contract negotiations with Messi and Ramos, no formal decision has been made on their futures. Hugo Ekitike’s loan term will expire this summer, and he might return to parent club Reims. Both stars are out of contract this summer.
In addition, there are a multitude of former first-team players on loan. These eight players are all available for permanent sale by the French champions, however it may be tough to negotiate permanent exits with their various salary packages.
Among them are Nottingham Forest’s Keylor Navas, defenders Colin Dagba, Abdou Diallo, and Layvin Kurzawa, as well as Julian Draxler, Leandro Paredes, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Mauro Icardi.
This drive is heightened by the club’s record losses.
The club’s goal for the future is to develop a stronger pathway from its young ranks to its senior team.
This circumstance has compelled them to delay signing new contracts while accepting offers for all players on the margins of the first squad.
In recent years the club has been driven to achieve glory in the Champions League and spent lavishly on superstar players in order to win in Europe.
However, the club have failed to secure the Champions League trophy (though they have come close), and now look set to pursue a more sustainable strategy in terms of player recruitment and coaching.
The Parisian club currently lead Ligue 1 by a margin of a margin of ten points after 27 games played, having lost just three fixtures all season.
The side travelled to Brest over the weekend where they came away with a 2-1 victory and travel to Rennes on Sunday in search of extending their advantage in the French top flight over rivals Marseille.