With their millions in the bank, and their status as the dominant force in French football, Paris Saint-Germain’s ascension to the big leagues has all but been assured.
Laurent Blanc’s fresh approach has allowed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to thrive at the Parc des Princes, and though they continue to spend lavishly each summer, PSG now have a team rather than just as a crop of over-priced individuals. Yet the restrictions regarding heavyweight spending are becoming increasingly tight, and now Blanc has a new enemy he must face, whilst all the while ensuring that his side continue to creep closer to the club’s dream of stamping their authority on the European stage as well as domestically.
The Financial Fair Play sanctions, set in motion due to a breach in the rules from the Parisian giants, have, in Blanc’s words, meant that the club can no longer do what they want with their money. Their ridiculous outlays over the past two summers have condemned them to a relative shoe-string budget - a net spend of €50million - and so now Blanc must ship talent if he is to bring talent in.
Essentially it means that a one out, one in policy has been installed at PSG, and with the club’s unhealthy desire to instigate sudden drastic improvements year after year, without building slowly over time, high-profile casualties are a certainty. It’s Edinson Cavani who finds himself on the chopping block, due only because of his extortionate market valuation.
His owners can command a figure of around £62million for his signature, and, thanks to his role as deputy to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he’s not as indispensable as his price-tag might infer. It speaks volumes about the ruthless tactics PSG are willing to deploy in order to be successful that they are ready to cash in on Cavani only a year after they purchased him but, like it or not, that’s the sad truth of the matter.
PSG need to sell
With Blanc desperate to secure a move for Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria, who in turn will cost at least £50million, there’s only one man who can be shipped without either breaking the team spirit or returning a monetary sum which falls well short of what is needed. Cast aside all talk of Cavani being a key player, or the man himself stating that he wants to honour his contract; if PSG get a whiff of a notion that Di Maria can be theirs for a set fee, the 27-year-old will be flogged faster than most clubs can pick up the phone and launch an enquiry.
Manchester United's gain?
Cross over The Channel and you’ll find one such club who may be tempted to indeed dig deep with regards to Cavani’s purchase; Louis van Gaal’s resurgent Manchester United. For reasons unbeknownst to all but the most privy heads at Old Trafford, the striker is said to be wanted by Van Gaal, despite the fact he already has Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie leading his line.
Whereas once the notion of the club spending upwards of £60million would have been laughed at, chief executive officer Ed Woodward’s comments yesterday confirmed that the idea of a world-record purchase was feasible, perhaps hinting that Van Gaal is indeed ready to put his money where his mouth is and break the bank in a manner that even Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have dreamed of doing.
Of course that’s exactly what Blanc and PSG will be wanting, as they look to fund their own endeavours. United supporters will question their new boss’ sanity if he gives the green light to attempt such a deal for Cavani, but there’s no mistaking that the FFP ruling leaves him open for the taking.