PSG: Antero Henrique points the finger for his management of the end of the transfer window

PSG: Antero Henrique points the finger for his management of the end of the transfer window

Despite an XXL slimming, Paris Saint-Germain did not achieve its financial objectives for this summer transfer window. A man has also found himself in the eye of the storm in recent days in the capital: Antero Henrique.

PSG: Antero Henrique point

A mitigated transfer window for Antero Henrique.

150 million euros. Paris Saint-Germain wanted to recover this sum on this summer transfer window. Finally, it is the third that was collected with the dry sales of Arnaud Kalimuendo (20 M€), Thilo Kehrer (12 M€), Alphonse Areola (9.3 M€), Thierno Bald (3 M€) , Idrissa Gueye (€2m) and Marcin Bulka (€2m). While the workforce has been largely pure, with 20 departures, the leaders are not completely satisfied with the work carried out by Antero Henrique.

Salaries partly paid by PSG

The former sports director, in charge of sales to obtain the necessary funds to complete certain transfers that finally fell through (Skriniar, Bernardo Silva, Tchouamni, Lewandowski), is singled out internally, says L’Equipe. Indeed, the Portuguese is reproached for too superfluous management of the files with many departures which have nothing to report in the immediate future. Loans, for example, will only provide partial savings. Julian Draxler, whose loan without option to buy Benfica will bring in 2.5 million euros, is still paid 80% by the Parisian club. For Layvin Kurzawa and Georginio Wijnaldum, respectively on loan to Fulham and Roma, salaries are paid at 60% and 40%. Ander Herrera, temporarily transferred to Athletic Bilbao, did not give up his negotiated signing bonus when he arrived in 2019.

Could it be otherwise with fabulous contracts, mostly signed by Leonardo? The mission was in any case dangerous and the Lusitanian leader had to find an emergency parade against the players who did not want to make big concessions. He can always boast of having negotiated more or less interesting purchase options for some of the undesirables. Leandro Paredes, who left to try his luck with Juventus, could earn up to 25.6 million euros if he meets certain criteria. Abdou Diallo, whose loan to Leipzig has already allowed him to collect 2 million euros, has a fixed departure clause of 25 million euros. Wijnaldum, 8 million euros, ric-Junior Dina Ebimbe (Frankfurt), 6 million euros and douard Michut (Sunderland), 6 million euros, can also swell the Parisian coffers.

The Navas and Soler cases

Nevertheless, other issues have accentuated the tensions between Henrique and his compatriot, Luis Campos. The case of Keylor Navas is symptomatic. While he had an agreement with Naples for a three-year contract, the Costa Rican goalkeeper had agreed to a salary cut (from €10m to €8.5m) provided that it did not exceed one million over a year. . To complete his departure, the leader only had to grant him the 500,000 euros to make up the difference. A request refused by Henrique, who warned Campos of keeping the goalkeeper passed by Real Madrid only on September 1, the day the market closed. A large salary to pay and above all a difficult cohabitation to manage for Christophe Galtier, the calculation made by the businessman was counterproductive at all levels.

Another anecdote reported by L’Equipe, the lack of communication on the Carlos Soler file. In an attempt to attract the Spanish midfielder, Campos made an initial offer of 18 million euros with bonuses. Even before Valencia’s response, Henrique also submitted a proposal for the captain of the club in the form of a loan with an option to buy. An offensive that surprised the Spanish leaders, finally convinced by a third offer… similar to the first. A ludicrous situation that shows how the two men failed to tune their violins throughout this period. It remains to be seen whether all the choices made by Henrique will bear fruit in the coming months.

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