Sale of the Parc des Princes: the Paris City Hall responds to PSG

The leaders of PSG want to acquire the stadium. The City does not see this sale as a “priority objective” and denounces a “coup of pressure”.





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LThe first deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Grégoire, assured Thursday at the microphone was from Sud Radio that the sale of the Parc des Princes to Paris Saint-Germain is “clearly not [leur] priority option”, denouncing “a stroke of pressure” from PSG who indicated that he could play elsewhere. In an interview with the press on Wednesday, the president of the Parisian club Nasser al-Khelaïfi assured that, unable to become the owner of the Parc des princes (48,000 seats), QSI, which owns PSG, could seek another stadium, a few days after announcing plans to sell parts of the club.

“They have a lease, a 30-year lease. They would retain the power to initiate an investment phase and they say “we only inject 500 or 600 million (euros) of work if we are owners”. We, it is not our first inclination to sell them the Parc des Princes. It is the heritage of the city, of Parisians, ”explained Emmanuel Grégoire. “Discussions are engaged around the sale and on said to them: “Before even knowing if one wishes to sell, it would be necessary to agree on a price. Today, we have not yet reached the end of these discussions, ”continued the elected Parisian.

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A “pressure blow”

The leaders of the club “said that they wanted to do the work and buy and they were asked to make a proposal”, for his part specified to Agence France-Presse Pierre Rabadan, deputy in charge of sports at the town hall. de Paris, calling PSG’s proposal “undecent”. For Emmanuel Grégoire, “the negotiation tactic […] can be likened to pressure” and he does not believe that this is “the right method.

“Our priority option is rather to stay on a lease model, long-term rental. The options are on the table, (selling) is clearly not our preference, and they know it, ”insists the elected Parisian.


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