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There is some­thing trou­bling about the pur­chase by Paris Sain­tGer­main – or rather Qatar – of Neymar

Look­ing back over al­most 60 years of World Soc­cer, there are many ex­am­ples of out­rage at the lat­est world-record trans­fer. Foot­ball has a habit of re­peat­ing it­self; in­deed, “Noth­ing new un­der the sun” would be a good ti­tle for our Archives fea­ture. But there is some­thing al­to­gether dif­fer­ent and more trou­bling about the pur­chase by Paris Saint-Ger­main – or rather Qatar – of Neymar, and their at­tempts to by­pass UEFA’s Fi­nan­cial Fair­play rules by tak­ing Kylian Mbappe “on loan” from Monaco.

The deals are a grubby land­grab and should surely be chal­lenged by UEFA. But then there is lit­tle ro­mance left in the Cham­pi­ons League, which we pre­view this month (start­ing page 40). Even the two new­com­ers to this year’s group stage of­fer lit­tle to re­dress the dom­i­nance of wealthy su­per­clubs. Qarabag have heavy back­ing from a sta­te­owned com­pany in Azer­bai­jan, while Leipzig are fi­nanced the Red Bull drinks com­pany. Un­for­tu­nately, the is­sue of “fi­nan­cial dop­ing” is likely to be one of the themes of the sea­son.

A shame that, once again, money rules our game. Gavin Hamil­ton, Editor

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