Tucked away before the players' tunnel at the Parc de Princes, there is an area set aside for Nasser al-Khelaifi. It is here that the president of Paris Saint-Germain has his stadium office and it is here that one of the most influential men in world football formulates his ambitious plan for the club to tackle the elite of the European game. In this exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, and ahead of a new Champions League campaign, al-Khelaifi explains how the world record investments in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will prove value for money and eventually be regarded as “a great deal”, and how the transfers are part of PSG’s aim to become “one of the best clubs in the world and one of the best sports brands”. Sitting around a table, the softly-spoken Al-Khelaifi also reiterates that PSG are confident they will comply with the Financial Fair Play rules, with Uefa having launched an investigation after the signing of Neymar for 222 million euros from Barcelona and then the acquisition of Mbappe for a loan this season from Monaco with a fee of 145 million euros being paid in the next two seasons (2018/2019 and 2019/2020) with 35 million euros in potential add-ons before 2022. Amortization of the deal with Monaco, as the one with Barcelona, starts this season and runs over five years.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi reveals how Neymar and Mbappe can help PSG take on the world
The Telegraph | Sep 12