And now ?
After responding to each other several times over the past month, through the media, Paris Saint-Germain and the Paris city hall have reached a new breaking point in the conflicts that bind them around the Parc des Princes.
“Very clearly, the Parc des Princes is not for sale, assured Anne Hidalgo in Le Parisien.
And it will not be sold.
This is a firm and final position.
“A statement that again provoked the ire of PSG, which was quick to respond.
This new episode still raises questions about the continuation of this thorny file.
Will negotiations resume?
This is the wish of the town hall of Paris which, despite the exit of Anne Hidalgo, would like to be able to get back around a table with its Parisian interlocutors and to develop this file in a less public way.
However, since Nasser Al-Khelaïfi's statements this winter, no formal discussion has taken place between the town hall and the club's management, we are assured.
Especially since the departure of Jean-Claude Blanc, designated interlocutor at the PSG of the town hall and who will join the Ineos group in February, makes the continuation of the operations all the more vague.
The positions of the two parties seem, in any case, not very reconcilable.
On the one hand, PSG categorically refuses to commit an investment estimated at 500 million euros if it does not own the Park.
A property that would boost the overall value of the club and bring new income to PSG, in a sector where it already outperforms its European competitors.
On the side of the City, we hope to keep PSG at the Park but the sale has never been privileged.
She is now, it seems, excluded.
And relations between PSG and the Town Hall more blurred than ever.
Where can PSG go?
The threat of a move was brandished very quickly by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi this winter, annoyed by the lack of progress in this file.
But where could PSG go?
The two main alternatives proposed, namely a move to the Stade de France or the construction of a new stadium, probably in Saint-Cloud or Poissy, seem quite utopian.
Regarding the Stade de France, PSG does not really have the ideal profile to become the new owner of the enclosure.
As for the construction of a new stadium, outside of Paris, it would cost the club a fortune (between 500 million and 1 billion euros), whose new training center has already been a massive investment and whose finances are in the red.
Especially since, without counting the period necessary for conception and design, such a project would take at least four years to complete.
Longer than an extension of the Park.
What would become of the Parc des Princes without PSG?
This is ultimately THE big question at the center of this exchange of courtesies, and the one to which it is still difficult to answer.
Can we only imagine a PSG without the Parc des Princes, the enclosure it has occupied since 1974 and which is so intimately linked to its history?
How would the supporters, so attached to these stands, welcome a move?
A change of stadium would certainly be an operation as unpopular for PSG as for the town hall of Paris and Qatar.
And difficult, in the idea, to find another resident to occupy the enclosure, the PSG being the only very big football club in Paris.
The capital club judges the mayor's refusal to sell as "financial suicide".
The idea of abandoning this monument of Parisian sport seems just as far-fetched.
The only certainty is that between PSG, the city of Paris, Qatar and the Parc des Princes has set up a real Mexican impasse from which it will be difficult to extricate oneself.