Few seasons ago, PSG had to battle with balancing their books and making sure they don’t get on the bad side of UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play Rules. Signing Neymar and Mbappe for a combined fee worth over $400 million, the Parisians were berated by many. There were even calls for the authorities to investigate a possible breach of FFP rules.
However, fast-forward to 2021 and PSG seems to have found the right formula to lure the best players in the world to Paris and at the same time keep the books balanced.
The 2021 summer transfer window has been a fairy-tale ride for the Ligue 1 giants. Having lost the UCL final 2 seasons ago and loosing the Ligue 1 title to Lille, PSG knew that they’d need a timely stitch in their squad. Enter the Summer transfer window.
With relatively ease and less spend, Paris St-Germain have been able to sign some of the finest players in their positions. A top goalkeeper, a world-class fullback, a solid center-back, a proven central midfielder and a prolific forward! Just take a look at a list of senior players that joined Paris St-Germain this summer.
PSG’s major summer signings
- Achraf Hakimi – £52m
- Sergio Ramos – free transfer
- Georginio Wijnaldum – free transfer
- Gianluigi Donnarumma -free transfer
- Lionel Messi – free transfer
Incredible summer they’ve had, Paris St-Germain. Looking at the above signings, one would think that they had shelled out a fortune but no, they haven’t! Instead, it is five world class players for a net spend around £52m.
Will this be PSG’s year?
After the arrival of these players, it would be underwhelming if Paris St-Germain don’t do well in the Champions League. They’ve gone close before, perhaps they can go one better this time around. PSG and Lionel Messi do share the same ambition, that is to win the UCL. While the Argentine has won it before, Paris are yet to taste glory in this competition. Will this be the year that they finally clinch the UCL trophy? PSG will find out their UCL opponents when the Group Stage draw is made on Thursday August 26 at 18:00 CET in Istanbul. Full details and all you need to know about the draw and awards ceremony here.