Paris Saint-Germain forced to sell or risk Champions League expulsion

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Spanish outlet El Pais claim that Paris Saint-Germain are at risk of facing expulsion from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League due to failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Following complaints from top-tier European clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly prepared to sell eight players in order to appease UEFA’s governing body.

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Serge Aurier was one of the Paris Saint-Germain players viewed as dispensable by the board after UEFA forced them into action, signing for Tottenham Hotspur for £23 million.

Club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi and general manager Jean-Claude Blanc contacted the agents of players they deemed surplus to requirements, with Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler, Hatem Ben Arfa, Serge Aurier, Angel Di Maria and Thiago Silva all listed.

Ultimately, Serge Aurier and Blaise Matuidi were the only names from that list of eight to leave the club, but PSG did also manage to offload Jean-Kevin Augustin, Goncalo Guedes (loan), Grzegorz Krychowiak (loan) and Jese (loan), while long-serving Brazilian full-back Maxwell retired.

With all signs pointing to Thiago Motta’s retirement at the end of the season and potential January exits for those seeking more game time in a World Cup season, perhaps the Parisians haven’t been quite as reckless in their transfer business as some have thought.

Paris Saint-Germain are 1st in Ligue 1 after seven games, winning six and drawing one, and face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

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