The top football league in Spain – LaLiga – has described a new deal Paris Saint-Germain have given to striker Kylian Mbappe as “scandalous”.
Referring to the French club’s recent losses – which LaLiga said amounted to more than €220m (£186m) last season – the Spanish league said the deal puts “sporting integrity at risk”.
Mbappe becomes the highest-paid player in world football, Sky Sports reported.
He will be on wages of around £1m a week after pocketing a signing-on fee in the region of £100m.
PSG have also made concessions on image rights, and Mbappe is in line to receive bonus payments for goals, Ballon d’Or honours and Champions League success.
The 23-year-old France international had been widely expected to leave the Ligue 1 champions for Real Madrid at the end of the season when his existing deal expired on 30 June.
Real, who were willing to pay €230m (£194m) to sign the forward on deadline day last summer, were ready to give Mbappe a signing-on fee of £110m and wages of £20m-a-year after tax.
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Their total investment would have been about £300m.
Image: Kylian Mbappe will be on about £1m a week. Pic: AP
LaLiga said it would “file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, the French administrative and fiscal authorities and European Union authorities to continue to defend the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability”.
It added: “This type of agreement attacks the economic sustainability of European football, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk.
“It is scandalous a club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than €220m, after accumulating losses of more than €700m in prior seasons (while reporting sponsorship income at a doubtful valuation) with a cost of sports staff around €650m for this 2021-22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while those clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.”
Mbappe said he was “delighted to continue to play in France, the country where I was born, where I have grown up and where I have made my name”.
PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “Kylian’s commitment to PSG represents an amazing milestone in the history of our club, and a wonderful moment for our fans around the world.”
Mbappe was presented on the pitch ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 match at home to Metz – in which he scored a hat-trick.
Source : Sky News