Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the rationality of Paris St. Germain’s massive summer spending, hoping that UEFA’s rules bring a halt to the French club’s relentless spree.
The latest big name to join PSG is Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, who cost €45 million in a deal strck with Sao Paulo earlier this week.
Fergie was keen on the youngster himself before withdrawing due to the Ligue 1 outfit’s absurdly high bid.
Having seen PSG also add former Serie A trio Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to their ranks earlier in the summer, the United gaffer is astonished and hopes for some regulatory intervention in the near future.
“I find it quite amazing that a club can pay €45 million for a 19-year-old boy. To tell everyone that PSG are here, they’ve signed Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They must have spent about £150 million in the last month,” Sir Alex was quoted.
The Scot added: “The only deterrent to that is UEFA [Financial Fair Play]. In the conditions of European football, you don’t qualify for Europe by winning the league or coming second – you only get in by invitation.
“That’s where, hopefully, UEFA can have some power. When somebody’s paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy, you have to say the game’s gone mad.”
In recent weeks, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed a similar stance against big spending clubs, suggesting that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City are also to blame for hurting football’s financial balance.