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If the Qataris are funding the transfer – which has been suggested in the media – then they’ll not care about a fine as they’ll just pay that too. The £200m fee is arbitrary to them, could easily have been £300m so a £40m fine is nothing (assuming that they fail FFP).
They could easily have signed a new shirt deal though and could fund it that way. Will have to wait and see, but I doubt this is the end to it.
They only need to pay £40m a year plus wages in FFP costs assuming he signs a 5 year deal, so they won’t be charged the full transfer fee in respect of FFP. The amount being paid up front to Barca doesn’t affect FFP.
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