Ligue 1 Winner Jose Fonte Questions League Spending Rules After PSG Splurge

Ligue 1 Winner Jose Fonte Questions League Spending Rules After PSG Splurge

PSG have had an incredible transfer window.

Their quartet of Bosman signings in Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gini Wijnaldum, and Lionel Messi is a group of free transfers that is unlikely to ever be matched. When you couple that with the arrival of Achraf Hakimi, they look to have an incredible squad for the upcoming campaign.

They will be hot favourites to life the Champions League trophy for the first time next summer, while Ligue 1 is seen as all but a foregone conclusion. However, it is easy to forget that PSG did not win the league last season.

That honour went to Lille, who claimed a first league title since 2011. Many would think it unlikely that they repeat that feat over the coming months, largely down to PSG's recent spending.

The deals mentioned above may be deemed as 'free' transfers, but the reality is that they are anything but. All four are on astronomical wages, with Messi rumoured to be earning a net salary of €25million per year, as well as being handed a €25million signing bonus.

Jose Fonte, once of Southampton and now the captain of Lille, has questioned how their rivals have been allowed to spend such vast sums.

Speaking on Talksport, the Euro 2016 winner said PSG's transfer strategy does not mix well with the rules other teams in the division have been forced to abide by.


I would just like to understand the Financial Fair Play in France. That's all I want to do.

Every single club is restricting their spending, they can buy a lot or get players for big wages. Then PSG just comes and it looks like they are no laws...

Obviously it is great that the French league is getting Lionel Messi, along with Neymar and Mbappe. Potentially we have got the best front three (in football) playing in France, but obviously you have to look to the other aspects of the game.

Is it really fair to bring in these three guys?

Of course, PSG receive vast funds from Qatar each year to allow for such amounts to spent, although the UEFA tules that allow them to do so will surely have to be questioned.

It certainly doesn't look like a good thing for the long-term health of the game.

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Gary Connaughton

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