Mercato: où en est le PSG dans son opération dégraissage?

Mercato: où en est le PSG dans son opération dégraissage?

Two weeks before the end of the transfer window, PSG have not yet managed to reduce their squad in the expected proportions. Many players pushed to the exit are still there. Some might leave, but it seems more complicated for others. RMC Sport takes stock.

Fifteen days to fix everything. The summer transfer window will close in two big weeks, on the night of August 31. And PSG is still far from having completed its degreasing operation. Since the start of the summer, only Arnaud Kalimuendo (Rennes, €20m), Alphonse Areola (West Ham, €9m) and Marcin Bulka (Nice, €2m) have been sold. Ángel Di María (Juventus) and Xavi Simons (PSV Eindhoven) were released, while Georgino Wijnaldum (AS Roma) and Colin Dagba (Strasbourg) were loaned out. Not really the mass exodus expected in the spring, when new leadership came on board.

Luis Campos and Antero Henrique still have room to settle other issues. Especially since the market usually panics in the last days (even the last hours). But time is running out anyway at a time when Christophe Galtier wants to have a tight group, with a maximum of 25 players, and another three recruits (one per lane) are desired. If they have not left by the day after the transfer window closes (September 1), Paris will be forced to reinstate their “undesirables”, who currently train separately at the Camp des Loges, into the professional squad. I hope they are as few as possible…

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Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe could be the next to pack. The 21-year-old midfielder (contract until 2023) has agreed with Eintracht Frankfurt since last week. The two clubs are negotiating compensation for his transfer. The discussions have a good chance of success regarding the French international Espoirs.

Banned by competition from Gianluigi Donnarumma, admitted as No. 1 since Galtier’s arrival, Keylor Navas could soon pack his bags. The 35-year-old goalkeeper (hired until 2024) has agreed to sign for Napoli. A possible transfer of the Costa Rican goalkeeper (107 selections) is mentioned. Paris and Napoli have not yet agreed.

According to information from RMC Sport, Thilo Kehrer will sign for West Ham. The 25-year-old defender (hired until 2023) is the subject of a specific approach from the London club, given the lack of central defenders. His coach, David Moyes, would like to get the German international back as soon as possible (20 caps), which Galtier does not have.

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Juventus have shown their interest in Leandro Paredes for several weeks. According to the Italian media, the 28-year-old midfielder (hired until 2024) would agree to join the Old Lady. It remains to be seen if the two clubs will be able to agree on a loan or a transfer. Meanwhile, the Argentine international (44 caps, 4 goals) is being used by Galtier at the start of the season.

Ander Herrera multiplied the declarations of love in Paris at the beginning of summer. As if to show his desire to stay. But as the weeks went by, the midfielder (hired until 2024), separated from the professional group, could have understood that his future was going through a new challenge. Spanish sources speak of a possible return to Athletic Bilbao, where he played between 2011 and 2014. Let’s see if that path can be finalized, knowing that the 33-year-old player enjoys a very high salary at PSG.

Everton have positioned themselves to bring back Idrissa Gueye, but the case has not seen any significant progress so far. The 32-year-old midfielder, who also trains with the “undesirables”, is still in Paris, where he has a contract until 2023. And nothing says that the Senegalese international (94 games, 7 goals) will leave in two weeks.

This is the most complicated file to manage. PSG clearly wants to part ways with Mauro Icardi. Christophe Galtier even publicly invited the 29-year-old forward to look for a new team. But the Argentine international has a big salary and a two-year contract. His poor past season has something to hold back potential courtiers. Promoted to Serie A, Monza continues to study his profile but the track does not seem to fill the Parisian No. 9. Other clubs have been mentioned in the European press, without it being really proven at the moment. As long as Icardi is there, Paris may have a hard time finalizing the signing of an additional striker.

After being loaned out to Real Sociedad at the end of last season, Rafinha knows he has to leave to find game time. O Globo recently mentioned the possibility of a comeback in Brazil, where Atletico Mineiro would be ready to welcome him. As long as the 29-year-old midfielder, who has 2 caps with the Seleçao, is released from the last year of his contract.

PSG sent a very clear message to Edouard Michut by not retaining him in the Elite group, which brings together young people with the possibility of coming and expanding the professional ranks. The 19-year-old midfielder (signed until 2025) could therefore pack his bags, if he finds an interesting base. Celtic Glasgow seemed interested last month, but the court seems to have cooled down.

They have very few clues.

Layvin Kurzawa spent all of last season in the closet. And he could stay there for the next few months. The 29-year-old left-back (signed until 2024) doesn’t seem to have any concrete leads, although a Nice approach has been mentioned. It must be said that his high salary and his white season are enough to stop possible interested parties.

Julian Draxler looks the same. The 28-year-old midfielder (contract until 2024), excluded from the beginning of the preparation, does not give free rein to the crowd. He is also very well paid in the capital and the weakness of his recent performances does not make him a desired player. Let’s see if the German international (58 caps, 7 goals) will be satisfied with the Camp des Loges this season. Even if it means giving up the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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