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The loan deal taking Kylian Mbappe to PSG contains a bonkers clause

PSG are obligated to buy Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for €180million UNLESS they get relegated

Whoever negotiates PSG’s transfers needs a raise on whatever ludicrously high wage they are presumably on at the moment.

Not only have they convinced Neymar to leave Lionel Messi behind at Barcelona, but they have now managed to talk Monaco into loaning, yes loaning, PSG their best player.

Kylian Mbappe will move to the capital on a season-long loan, joining Neymar and Edinson Cavani in a front three that should just about be able to see off the likes of Strasbourg and Dijon.


Smile if you want a move to Paris

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Smile if you want a move to Paris

But of course there has to be a catch.

Monaco wouldn’t just lend their main rival Mbappe, shake hands and walk away, would they?

Not quite. The deal that will see the 18-year-old move to PSG includes an obligation to buy at the end of the year for €180million (£166mil).

The floor is leaving Monaco

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The floor is leaving Monaco

However one obstacle could get in the way of that obligation, although we’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s not going to happen.

No, it’s not Hatem Ben Arfa dislodging Neymar and consigning him to a season on the bench.

The only reason PSG won’t have to pay the £166m is if they get relegated at the end of the season, according to Le Parisien.

Life’s good when you’re worth £166m

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Life’s good when you’re worth £166m

Yep, PSG are so worried about the threat of relegation with an attack of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar that they’ve included a clause to protect their money if the worst comes to the worst.

Have a go at them for financially bullying clubs all you want, but you have to admire PSG’s foresight.

After all, if they keep ignoring Financial Fair Play UEFA might just come and slap them with a 40-point reduction.

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