Paris Saint-Germain decided this past summer transfer window was pivoting away from bringing in big-name players and those who weren’t going to fight for the badge.
Furthermore, this decision also helped the club financially regarding players’ salaries. Le Parisien reports that by not renewing Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos and selling Neymar for €90 million, PSG financed its entire transfer window and even had a little margin.
All other sales (Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mauro Icardi, Abdou Diallo, etc.) that brought in €110 million serve as bonuses.
Sporting-wise, it was a smart financial move to say goodbye to all these names, especially Messi, Neymar, and Ramos. From a sponsorship perspective, it’s not the best.
💰En ne renouvelant pas Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos et en vendant Neymar pour 90 millions d’euros, le PSG a financé l’intégralité de son mercato et avait même un peu de marge. Toutes les autres ventes ( Verratti, Draxler, Wijnaldum, Icardi, Diallo, etc ) ayant rapporté 110 M€…
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The departures of football superstars Neymar and Messi have raised questions among some of the club’s major sponsors.
L’Equipe recently reported that one of the primary concerns comes from the cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com. The company entered into a partnership with PSG shortly after the sensational signing of Messi.
Nonetheless, winning generates interest, and if PSG can consistently go on deep UEFA Champions League runs, not having players like Messi in his mid-30s or an injury-prone Neymar won’t be a significant hurdle.