How Paris Saint Germain can navigate Financial Fair Play this summer

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Reports coming out of France suggest Paris Saint Germain will be limited to pre-sale spending of €48 million in the summer transfer window due to Financial Fair Play restrictions. 

PSG, along with Manchester City, exceeded UEFA's permitted €62 million losses for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons leading to a €60 million fine and a reduced squad size for the Champions League this year.

Now RMC claim that, although PSG will be allowed to increase their Champions League squad to 22 players, they will be limited in what they can spend, with Serge Aurier's €12 million transfer leaving only €48 million in the bank. 

Chelsea showed that with careful planning and maximisation of profits on players it is possible to strengthen your squad significantly, even with FFP restrictions in place, so how should PSG look to improve this summer? 

Lacazette in Cavani out

Despite scoring 25 goals in all competition this season  a nagging doubt remains that Edinson Cavani's future lies away from the Parc de Princes. 

In contrast to the Uruguayan, Alexandre Lacazette has been the star man for Olympique Lyonnais, scoring 30 goals and netting his first strike for France on his way to being nominated for the French player of the year. Cavani has often found himself playing right of a 4-3-3 formation while even in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence Javier Pastore became PSG's standout player rather than the 28-year-old.

After scoring in the 4-2 win against Evian on January 18 Cavani went two months without scoring a league goal before netting against Nice, a period in which Lacazette scored five times. 

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi has denied reports linking Cavani with Manchester United but if anyone agrees to pay €50 million for the Uruguayan then Les Parisiens would be foolish not to accept.  

Lacazette loves his hometown club, but told French TV: "I am good here, but after that I need to think about my progression, the future. We will see at the end of the season."  At 23-years-old he has his best years ahead of him, is already adapted to Ligue 1 and would cost €20 million less than Cavani, ensuring PSG stay in line with FFP regulations while significantly weakening one of their main rivals.

Sell Lavezzi and Cabaye to buy De Bruyne  

Neither Ezequiel Lavezzi or Yohan Cabaye have been first team regulars under Laurent Blanc this season, with Lavezzi starting 18 games and Cabaye only starting 11.

Both have been linked with a move to Liverpool for a combined £24 million, which would free up money to buy Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg.

The 23-year-old Belgian has been in dazzling form in the Bundesliga with 10 goals and 19 assists and would create a balanced midfield alongside Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi, presuming Blanc continues to play 4-3-3. 

De Bruyne has remained non-committal to Wolfsburg saying, via ESPN, : "A club might step in and make an offer that pleases Wolfsburg and also makes me happy. Right now, I say that I will stay in Wolfsburg." If, as Blanc has done at times this season, PSG switch to 4-4-2 both De Bruyne and Matuidi are versatile enough to play on the flanks with Thiago Motta and Verratti in the middle. 

Paul Pogba is a world-class midfielder and it is clear to see why is he getting linked with a move to Paris but, with the sums being discussed, PSG would be wiser moving for De Bruyne if they don't want to risk further sanctions under FFP. 

Spend on the future 

PSG have amassed an experienced squad with the likes of Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Maxwell, Motta all winners in multiple countries. 

Now it is important that PSG blend the squad with youthful potential, as they have begun to do with the purchases of Aurier, Verratti, Marquinhos and Lucas Digne. 

Having missed out on Memphis Depay, to Manchester United, Al Khelaifi will be keen to ensure the same doesn't happen with 21-year-old Argentinean striker Paulo Dybala from Palermo. However, after being held to ransom by Palermo when signing Pastore in 2011, PSG won't want a repeat experience, and should be wary of a player who has yet to be tested at international level, despite his clear potential.

PSG have also been heavily linked in the French media with Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, 21, a player whose 12 goals and 9 assists have marked him out as one of Europe's top attacking midfielders. 

Keep Ibra

Finally, whatever PSG do this summer, it is essential to keep Ibrahimovic. The 33-year-old has been linked with a move back to AC Milan following a season marred by suspensions for both on and off the pitch antics, but he remains a talisman. 

He is six goals short of overtaking Pauleta as PSG's record goalscorer and has never relied on pace, so getting older shouldn't affect his style of play a great deal.

Ibrahimovic carries a fear factor that few players in world football can rival, and at this moment in time would be irreplaceable for PSG.

FFP or no FFP, PSG must keep Ibrahimovic! 

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