Portuguese giants Porto are planning to sell a number of their biggest stars in the next transfer window to achieve a positive financial result, and meet Financial Fair Play standards.
Porto have long been one of the most efficient clubs in Europe due to their ability to nurture and sell developed players for large-sums, but they find themselves in a difficult financial position.
Confirmed: Porto plan to make close to €116m on player sales during the 2016/17 season in order to get a financial positive result. Insane. pic.twitter.com/ItYmEz2ky5
— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) October 27, 2016
According to Portuguese football writer Jan Hagen, the club are expecting to part ways with €116 million in operational costs this season, which will leave them in breach of Financial Fair Play rulings.
However the same financial document shows that Porto are planning to offset those costs through “income from transactions of players’ registrations“, which the club estimates to be exactly €115,781,000, or £104 million.
This means the club are intent on selling a host of their standout players, with the likes of Yacine Brahimi, Hector Herrera, Andre Silva and Danilo Pereira potentially set for the exit.
With the club admitting in this document that they need to sell, and sell plenty, to meet the FFP requirements, Porto could now face a difficult period in convincing other European clubs to part with decent money in exchange for their best assets.