WHERE PSG NEED TO STRENGTHEN TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
When PSG were taken over in 2011 by Qatar Sports Investment, the idea was to build a squad that could win the UEFA Champions League. 10 years on and that hasn’t happened despite a final appearance against Bayern Munich last season.
The club signed Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe in the same transfer window in 2017 and have been unable to spend much money since. FFP (financial fair play) is set up by UEFA to stop clubs from spending freely in the transfer market or to stop clubs from going bankrupt.
Since 2017, the club’s biggest signing was Mauro Icardi in 2020 for a fee of £45 million and have struggled to improve key positions. The only top midfielder the club have is Marco Verratti and they lack depth at fullback and striker with Icardi failing to impress.
Options in midfield include Danilo Pereira, Rafinha, Idrissa Gueye, Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Pablo Sarabia and Leandro Paredes with none of which nailing down a starting spot. Marco Verratti needs a top player alongside him and the club will look to strengthen in this position.
Paul Pogba has been a long term target of PSG who nearly got their man while he was at Juventus. If it wasn’t for FFP (Financial Fair Play), the club may have got their man a few seasons ago when Pogba’s agent claimed he was unhappy at the club.
Another Premier League midfielder that the club have been interested in is out of favour Tottenham man Dele Alli. This interest grew after former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino took over from Thomas Tuchel. Lazio’s Sergej Milinković Savić has also been linked to the club but an £80 million fee has put off PSG’s sporting director Leonardo.
At right back, the club failed with an attempt to turn Thilo Kehrer into a natural fullback and has left them with Colin Dagba and loanee Alessandro Florenzi as their only options. If they choose to make Florenzi’s loan permanent, they may still need another guy with the club reportedly unhappy with Dagba’s progress since being promoted from the academy.
Long term interest in Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin never came to fruition with both clubs wanting high transfer fees. Nice’s Youcef Atal was also a target, however, the side were unwilling to let him go to a fellow French side.
This led to PSG looking to Italy with Juventus’ Mattia De Sciglio as an option with a swap deal including Layvin Kurzawa on the table. Leonardo worked on this deal until Juventus dropped out in the 11th hour and left the club struggling at right back.
None of Kurzawa, Juan Bernat or Michel Bakker have looked world-class in a position that is so important. Add this to Bernat’s long term injury worries have forced the club to look at Alex Sandro and David Alaba in order to strengthen. If PSG were to escape the restraints of FFP in the near future, expect some of these rumours to reignite.