PSG want to recruit David de Gea from Manchester United – but without paying an exorbitant transfer fee for him.
De Gea has been locked in a contract dispute with Manchester United for months, and with the club unwilling to meet his £400,000 a week wage demands, he now looks likely to leave Old Trafford.
However, PSG who would like to sign him, are hamstrung by the demands of FFP (Financial Fair Play), and paying the £60 million required to prise him away from United this summer, could see them breach the restrictions in place.
Instead, the French club have hatched a plan that will see De Gea remain with the Premier League side for the remaining year of his current deal, and then signing a pre-contract agreement with them in January.
De Gea would then be rewarded with a massive signing-on fee, which would more than compensate him for the money he has failed to earn with United.
Under this scenario, the only long-term losers would be Manchester United themselves.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.