Bayern Munich president blasts PSG spending following Lionel Messi transfer

Lionel Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month after leaving Barcelona , becoming the latest in a string of sensational free transfers to the French club

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Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer is at a loss trying to understand how Paris Saint-Germain are adhering to Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after Lionel Messi’s arrival.

Messi joined PSG earlier this month after leaving Barcelona, becoming the latest in a string of sensational free transfers to the French club.

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos have also moved to Parc des Princes, while the French giants signed Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan in a £60million deal.

PSG have managed to limit their spending on fees due to their many free transfers, but Hainer is unconvinced their hugely-increased wage bill adheres to UEFA’s FFP regulations.

Messi’s transfer to PSG has been roundly criticised by the Bayern hierarchy


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“I’m still trying to understand how that goes along with financial fair play,” the Bayern supremo told German outlet Bild .

“As PSG is currently upgrading, we will take a very close look at how that can be reconciled with UEFA rules. We stick to it, then we expect other clubs to do the same.

“I’m not too quick to judge Paris, but the purchasing policy is already huge. It’s not the transfer fees, it’s the salaries.

“When I hear that Messi earns €40million (£34m) net, that’s €80million (£69m) gross. In addition, Hakimi, Ramos, Donnarumma – a lot comes together.”

Hainer’s criticism of PSG’s spending echoes that of Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann, who recently hit out at the Ligue 1 club with a similar line of attack.

“I am not an expert who knows the ins and outs of these things. I know the same as any journalist and I also have to rub my eyes in amazement when I see some things,” Nagelsmann told Spanish newspaper Marca .

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“In reference to a recent transfer, it is not only the numbers that are being talked about, since other amounts that are not published have to be added and that involve much more money.

“It is not easy to finance and I do not understand that there is someone who can allow it. Some clubs have more facilities than others.”

Nagelsmann has also warned that clubs in Europe’s other leagues could be left behind by the exorbitant spending of certain Premier League clubs.

“There is a risk of being left behind internationally,” Nagelsmann told reporters in the wake of Jack Grealish’s £100million move from Aston Villa to Manchester City.

“The other German clubs will have an even harder time, but we [Bayern] can absorb this to some extent.

“I occasionally rub my eyes when I see these transfers. It’s not just the transfer fee, there’s also a whole other side to these transfers. We want to continue to be a major challenger in the Champions League.”

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