The stadium saga involving PSG, the city of Paris, and the Parc des Princes had its latest chapter written on Thursday with the Council of Paris making it clear they won't allow a sale of the City of Lights venue to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a story published on Thursday evening, Le Parisien informs about the opinions of multiple Parisian personalities with regard to the potential (and demanded) sale of the Parc des Princes to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Al-Khelaifi, speaking from Qatar a few days ago, threatened "to leave the Parc des Princes" stadium if an agreement wasn't reached between the city of Paris and QSI (the president's business conglomerate).
"If the town hall of Paris doesn't want to accept our offer, we leave," Al-Khelaifi told L'Equipe back then.
It looks like the president is in for a long one, though. According to him, PSG and his QSI group have done more than enough for the town hall of Paris to consider a sale. PSG, under Al-Khelaifi's presidency, already helped renovate and improve the facility ahead of events held in the capital in the past.
The city of Paris is under threat of PSG's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who wants to either "buy the Parc des Princes" or "move PSG away from Paris"
The president has a very simple approach to the situation: either PSG are allowed to buy the stadium to expand it, or PSG leave the capital.
That sounds threatening, yes, but also a little bit naive if we're serious for a minute. Al-Khelaifi knows the value of the brand he's built and what PSG mean for Paris. There is just no realistic way he will be moving Paris Saint-Germain away from the French capital.
I mean, it's written in the actual club's name.
Le Parisien echoed what went down in the Council of Paris on Thursday. Faced with pressure from the media and the president of the Parisian club, officials from the French town voted in favor of opposing the sale of the sports arena.
The members of the council agreed that the Parc des Princes "is not a commodity," and thus it is not saleable to PSG as such.
"[Parc des Princes] is part of the heritage of Paris. It will soon be 100 years since it hosted its first football match. It is a Parisian monument, part of the history of Paris," the council said.
Expanding on it, some voices even went the distance to compare the Parc with the Eiffel Tower, with those in charge of the environmental part of the Parisian town completely opposing the idea of allowing the creation of a new "commercial enclave of Qatar," worried that QSI and PSG would "transform the Parc des Princes into a huge commercial and tourist center."
The more realistic idea is for PSG to expand the current stadium capacity from 48,000 seats to 60,000 in order to boost the revenue streams of the club. That goes hand in hand with the already-reject option of buying Stade de France, quoted at an astronomical price.