Now might be the time for Real Madrid to put in an offer for Kylian Mbappé after a controversial statement from one French government official.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit is a former member of the European Parliament and he believes that the coronavirus pandemic will forever change the landscape of football transfers. In an interview with Ouest France (via Goal), Cohn-Bendit explains that the financial impact of the crisis will bring down the skyrocketing cost of players, such as Mbappé.
“This crisis will clean up the irrationality of professional sport. It’s like there was a nuclear attack and it had to be rebuilt, but on other grounds.”
“Tomorrow, Mbappé will cost at most €35-€40M and no longer €200M. And who can buy him?”
“There will be de facto regulation. Going even further on a salary cap could be necessary. It is a reorganization that goes not only through the players’ salaries but also through the right to images and publicity. We have to break the system of managers, of those who do business.”
Given his statement about all of this change being a good thing for the game, something tells me he’s probably not a fan of free-spending Paris Saint-Germain.
“A little more sobriety is enough for me. A little more sobriety and a little more equality would be a good start. Footballers will not play worse if they are paid less.”
Of course, this is a dream world that Cohn-Bendit is living in. The only way to curb overspending is to set a salary cap like the way the National Football League does in the United States. Otherwise, if PSG refuses to pay Neymar Jr. the wages he wants, he’ll leave for a team that will. It’s that simple.
Also, this is a lot of hyperbole from Cohn-Bendit. I understand the coronavirus could potentially force some clubs into bankruptcy but under no circumstance will PSG sell Mbappé for €40 million.
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