Lyon chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, has slammed PSG after they completed the signing of Real Madrid’s Jese Rodriguez.
Aulus claims that their spending is out of control and that it’s reducing the competitiveness of Ligue 1, since they’re buying all the best players that other French clubs can’t afford.
“PSG continue excessive investment policy that will reduce the competitiveness of our Ligue 1: enough is enough,” he said.
Although I don’t usually agree with Aulas’ habit of airing dirty laundry in public (see: basically the entire Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal transfer saga) he is right about this. PSG, who were heavily linked with Lacazette themselves, are now more or less always nailed on to win the Ligue 1 title, which, in turn, means that more players are having their heads turned when they’re linked. PSG can afford to buy them for an offer clubs can’t refuse and pay them unrivaled wages. As a result, Ligue 1 is becoming more and more like La Liga in that there are only a couple of big teams that win every season – or in this case just one.
This is why the Premier League is said to be one of the best in the world, it’s incredibly competitive and Leicester’s title win made world-wide news. Fortunately for us, this is attractive to ambitious footballers.
So, how do we stop the spending? We can’t. As long as they’re spending within their means (and even those terms are a little loose), they’re perfectly within their rights to pay whatever and sign whoever they want.