DI­VIDED OPIN­IONS

Mour­inho, Klopp split over world record Ney­mar deal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JOSE Mour­inho and Juer­gen Klopp’s con­flict­ing views on Ney­mar’s im­mi­nent move from Barcelona to Paris St Ger­main of­fer an in­sight into how the €222 mil­lion (RM1.1 bil­lion) deal has di­vided opin­ion across foot­ball.

News of a trans­fer that will smash the ex­ist­ing world record broke on Wed­nes­day when Barcelona con­firmed they had given the Brazil­ian for­ward per­mis­sion to speak to the French club, who are pre­pared to trig­ger his re­lease clause.

Mour­inho, who sanc­tioned Paul Pogba’s world record €105 mil­lion move from Ju­ven­tus to Manch­ester United last year, said PSG were not pay­ing over the odds given Ney­mar’s qual­ity, but he is con­cerned by the fi­nan­cial “con­se­quences.”

“When we paid that amount for Paul, I said that it was not ex­pen­sive,” United man­ager Mour­inho told Bri­tish me­dia.

“Ex­pen­sive are the ones who get into a cer­tain level with­out a cer­tain qual­ity... for £200 mil­lion pounds (RM1.1 bil­lion), I don’t think (Ney­mar) is ex­pen­sive.

“I think he’s ex­pen­sive in the fact that now you are go­ing to have more play­ers at £100 mil­lion, you are go­ing have more play­ers at £80 mil­lion and more play­ers at £60 mil­lion. And I think that’s the prob­lem.

“Ney­mar is one of the best play­ers in the world, com­mer­cially he is very strong and for sure PSG thought about it. So I think the prob­lem is not Ney­mar, I think the prob­lem is the con­se­quences of Ney­mar.”

Liver­pool man­ager Klopp crit­i­cised the deal and ques­tioned the ef­fec­tive­ness of UEFA’s Fi­nan­cial Fair Play (FFP) rules, which stip­u­late that a club’s wage bill must not ex­ceed 70 per cent of its rev­enue.

“There are clubs that can pay fees like that — Manch­ester City and PSG. Ev­ery­one knows that,” Klopp told re­porters in Mu­nich on Wed­nes­day.

City are owned by United Arab Emi­rates bil­lion­aire Sheikh Man­sour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, while PSG were taken over in 2012 by Qatar Sports In­vest­ments, an arm of Qatar’s sov­er­eign wealth fund.

“I thought fair play was made so that sit­u­a­tions like that can’t hap­pen. That’s more of a sug­ges­tion than a real rule. I don’t un­der­stand that. I don’t know how it hap­pens,” Klopp added.

UEFA told Reuters on Wed­nes­day that no com­plaint had been re­ceived about PSG, adding that it would not block any po­ten­tial deal in ad­vance. Reuters

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