All the latest transfer news, as Lionel Messi already in talks with Paris Saint German after Barcelona exit, Harry Kane’s future remains unresolved and Jack Grealish joins Manchester City for 100m pounds.
The boys are back! This week, Pete are joined by ESPN football expert Julien Laurens to discuss what could be next for Lionel Messi after Barcelona announced he was to leave the club.
Julien provides the inside track from the Parc de Princes as Paris Saint German aim to sign him.
Manchester City have smashed the British transfer record to sign Jack Grealish, but will Harry Kane follow him? The panel discuss that as well as the potential of another record breaking deal as Chelsea target the return of Romelu Lukaku to the club.
Pep Guardiola claims he would go to court to defend Manchester City's £100million signing of Jack Grealish.
City completed the British record acquisition of Grealish on Thursday after triggering a release clause in his contract at Aston Villa.
The size of the fee immediately raised eyebrows in some quarters over how the Premier League champions, who continue to be linked with another big-money move for Harry Kane, were remaining compliant with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Guardiola explained City have raised close to £60million in sales of fringe and Academy players recently, a figure which includes an £11million bonus from a sell-on clause activated by Manchester United's purchase of Jadon Sancho.
"We have spent £40million pounds - 100 we paid and 60 we won last year,” Guardiola said. “Without the £60m we could not afford it and we are more than delighted.
"We did it because we can do it. If people are not sure about it, we can go to the court and we'll defend it. We did it perfectly."
Lionel Messi moving to Paris will raise French football’s profile around the world but serious questions will be asked about PSG’s ability to operate within financial fair play rules.
French clubs have been hit extremely hard by the pandemic. Ligue 1 and 2 did not finish their seasons after they were suspended in March last year and the LFP’s 800m a year domestic broadcast deal with Media pro collapsed four months into its first season.
Despite the problems in French football, PSG, backed by their Qatari owners, are confident they can balance their books by selling players and sign Messi without breaking FFP rules.
PSG’s wage bill of €414m in 2019/20 was more than three times that of the next richest club - Lyon’s wage annual bill was €132m.
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