Today is a day for celebration as Paris Saint-Germain claimed their ninth Ligue 1 title, but on the horizon are some very difficult decisions that will need to be made.
With the cancelation of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season, PSG was anti-climatically named champions having not played a competitive match in the domestic league since February 29, against Dijon FCO.
Le @PSG_inside est officiellement Champion de France 2⃣0⃣2⃣0⃣!
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) April 30, 2020
After the celebration, the reality of why the title was handed to PSG early should start to set in. The coronavirus crisis is still having a devastating impact in Europe and football clubs will not be immune to the financial losses not playing the remainder of the season will have.
PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has already gone on record stating that “at the end of the season, we risk suffering colossal losses.”
To help mitigate the losses, the club had been working with the players to take a pay cut but they have rejected that proposal according to L’Equipe. Earlier this year, it was revealed by Le Parisien that PSG has the third-highest wage bill in Europe, so any reduction in salary would be a tremendous help to the club.
What happens if the players refuse to reduce salaries and the club takes a massive financial hit? Could some players be sold at rock-bottom prices to get their wages off their books? What about the transfer window? Will PSG be able to target the high-profile players they desire or will they need to look elsewhere?
Enjoy the title celebration for now but know that unprecedented changes are coming.
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