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La Liga president threatens action against PSG over Neymar transfer

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Legal action could make Neymar’s rumored move to Paris a bit less attractive for PSG.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has made it clear that he will take legal action against PSG should they sign Barcelona’s Neymar. Tebas believes that if PSG are able sign Neymar, €222 million release clause and all, that they would be in violation of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

The news that Tebas would pursue legal action could fend off PSG pursuits or not change things at all, they’ve been involved in FFP issues before.

Whether or not Tebas’ actions would impact the transfer remains to be seen, since threats of FFP haven’t fended off many large-scale transfers previously. What it does show is that La Liga’s top man is serious about keeping one of the world’s top talents in his league. The Spanish league is proud of having the best players on Earth playing for them, and having a huge star leaving La Liga for so much money does not make Tebas happy.

"We will [make a complaint about PSG] because they infringe UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules and also the European Union's competition rules."

"We will make a complaint to UEFA and if they don't do anything we will take it to the competition tribunals in Switzerland and Brussels. And, from there, we don't rule out going through the courts in France and Spain."

Javier Tebas

Reports suggest that Neymar is 90 percent of the way out the door, and he has apparently told his teamates he’s leaving. The Neymar deal could be all but signed and announced, but Tebas being open about pursuing legal action allows for a scenario in which PSG doesn’t want to take the risk. A small hope to cling onto for Barça fans, but a shot of hope nevertheless.