Laurent Blanc’s fresh approach has allowed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to thrive at the Parc des Princes, and though they continue to spend lavishly each summer, PSG now have a team rather than just as a crop of over-priced individuals. Yet the restrictions regarding heavyweight spending are becoming increasingly tight, and now Blanc has a new enemy he must face, whilst all the while ensuring that his side continue to creep closer to the club’s dream of stamping their authority on the European stage as well as domestically.

FFP ramifications

The Financial Fair Play sanctions, set in motion due to a breach in the rules from the Parisian giants, have, in Blanc’s words, meant that the club can no longer do what they want with their money. Their ridiculous outlays over the past two summers have condemned them to a relative shoe-string budget - a net spend of €50million - and so now Blanc must ship talent if he is to bring talent in.

Essentially it means that a one out, one in policy has been installed at PSG, and with the club’s unhealthy desire to instigate sudden drastic improvements year after year, without building slowly over time, high-profile casualties are a certainty. It’s Edinson Cavani who finds himself on the chopping block, due only because of his extortionate market valuation.

His owners can command a figure of around £62million for his signature, and, thanks to his role as deputy to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he’s not as indispensable as his price-tag might infer. It speaks volumes about the ruthless tactics PSG are willing to deploy in order to be successful that they are ready to cash in on Cavani only a year after they purchased him but, like it or not, that’s the sad truth of the matter.