Having spent a world transfer record £198m for Neymar, PSG have bought the young Frenchman for £167m, raising questions about the club and financial fair play
Where do Paris Saint-Germain’s signings of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar put them in this summer’s scale of transfer spending?
The signings by English Premier League clubs with the bounty from their 2016-19 £8.4bn TV deals are enormous by historic standards, but even their extravagance is being vastly exceeded by PSG. Manchester City’s £50m to sign Kyle Walker can be seen as a measure of inflated Premier League values, while Manchester United’s initial £75m for Romelu Lukaku remains currently the most paid for a player from a Premier League club. That was exceeded by £123m in the staggering £198m PSG paid to sign Neymar, and now by almost £100m with the £167m pledged for Mbappé, 18, who sat on the bench against Marseille on Sunday and has started only 20 league games.