Crisis? What crisis? Money no object in Qatari strategy with PSG

By Jérôme Latta

With its signing of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi this summer, and its money-no-object refusal to agree the 180-million-euro transfer to Real Madrid of its French star forward Kylian Mbappé, football club Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners, apparently immune to the financial effects of the Covid-19 crisis, once again demonstrated their unbridled ambitions in diplomacy through sport. As Jérôme Latta reports, the backdrop is the ever more deregulated structure of European football.

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It was at midnight on Tuesday, when the August 31st deadline for the summer football transfer window closed, that the long-running saga of the possible departure of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star forward Kylian Mbappé ended with him staying at the club, despite the increasing bids to sign him by Real Madrid, widely reported as ending with an eye-watering offer of 180 million euros – and which Spanish media reports suggested was even as high as between 200-220 million euros.