The European football body is interested in Barcelona’s financial books and the club with other 19 teams are under the scrutiny of UEFA for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play for the 2020/21 season.

The report in The Times, the sanctions for PSG and Marseille could be of a financial nature, while the Italian clubs and Barcelona could suffer harsher punishments that could lead to possible bans on competing or completing transfers.

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UEFA is planning a new control system and this season will mark the end of FFP rules from next season the football governing body will introduce a new system which will limit the club’s spending to the percentage of their income on player salaries, transfers and agents’ fees.

The limit will be 90 per cent by 2023, 80% by 2024 and 70% by 2025. Club finances will be monitored at different times during the year while they are in European competition.

Paris Saint-Germain has been the main culprit of the Financial Fair Play rule for the last three seasons and as such has been given three years by European football’s governing body to rectify the situation and get its numbers back in line and its expenses regarding its income.

The French newspaper L’Equipe spoke of a deficit of over 30 million euros in each of the last three years, a circumstance that must change immediately if not the Ligue 1 club will be severely dealt with in sporting terms and financially.

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