PSG press review: transfer window, Nantes, financial fair play

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Seen and read about PSG in the French press this Saturday, September 3: anecdotes behind the scenes of the transfer window, the tensions between Antero Henrique and Luis Campos, the match against Nantes and the financial fair play that hits PSG.

THE TEAM opens with a double page dedicated to behind the scenes of certain transfer window files. Three concern the PSG. The first deals with the case of Keylor Navaseventually stayed at Paris as it was announced at Napoli. According to the French media, the player had agreed with the Italian club for a 3-year contract which made him lose 1.5 M€ compared to what he receives in PSG. Keylor Navas thus agreed to give up 1 M€, but he hoped that Paris would give him the remaining 500,000€. However, Antero Henrique remained inflexible, therefore leading the Costa Rican to stay at Paris. A story close to €500,000.

THE TEAM gives an even more crisp anecdote about the file Carlos Soler, the latest arrival of this summer transfer window. Illustration of the differences between Luis Campos and Antero Henrique and malfunctions that this may have caused, two offers were sent within a few hours. The first was signed by Luis Campos for a transfer of €18m + bonus. The second, a few later, signed byAntero Henrique, for a loan with an option to buy despite the fact that the player only had one year left on his contract. A third offer was finally issued afterwards for a firm transfer on the basis of the first.

Finally, a little anecdote concerning the arrival ofHugo Ekitike told by THE TEAM. While the journalists were at the headquarters of the PSG July 4 for the arrival of Christophe Galtier, several people whose faces were unfamiliar entered the offices. Later, Mathieu Lacour and Pol-Edouard Caillot (general manager and head of the recruitment unit of Reims) also enter through the same door, officially for a show with bein Sports. Only then, the leaders of Reims actually had an appointment with Luis Campos and Antero Henrique as well as the player’s agents… who weren’t those famous unknown faces. ” History will remember that the Ekitike deal was made in the room next to the one where Galtier’s signature took place », concludes THE TEAM.

much less pleasing, THE TEAM of the day returns in another paper to the tensions between Antero Henrique and Luis Camposwhile the distribution of tasks was nevertheless clear at the beginning of the summer with the second city and Christophe Galtier as the decision maker of sports policy and the first as who should apply things. Problem, balance sheetAntero Henrique is criticized by the coach and the adviser of the PSGnot satisfied with the transfer window. Luis Campos criticizes him in particular for not having kept his commitments on sales, where there was the objective of reaching 150 M € in total. Problem: there was only €49 million in total. To defend themselves, the position ofAntero Henrique would be to say that these 150 M€ corresponded to expected prices and that there is a market reality. This same market reality that prevented the PSG to wrap up quickly Milan Skriniar as he would have liked, even though the club had applied for a visa for him to come to Japan. Problem, the rule enacted by Antero Henrique was to sell before buying thanks to the agent generated, thus preventing the rapid resolution of the file Skriniar as expected. Thus, in the eyes of management, it is this inability to sell that has prevented the signing of fundamental players in the short and medium term », THE TEAM then quoting Chouameni, Lewandowski, bernardo silva and Skriniar. Also, it indirectly led Christophe Galtier to rethink his 3-4-1-2 into 3-4-3.

Exactly, THE TEAM dwells on this lack of sales in a paper lair, explaining that all departures on loans could bring in more than €80 million in one year… or nothing. The sports daily recalls the clear observation that there have been few transfers this summer, some of which with low amounts, like that ofIdrissa Gueye at Everton against €2 million. Thus, most departures are loans, which makes it possible to reduce the size of the workforce and reduce the payroll a little. Disadvantage as the saying goes THE TEAM : there is no direct cash inflow (which could have unblocked the file Skriniar), and there is no guarantee that this return will take place since there are not always purchase options that may be mandatory – this is the case with Paredes Where Wijnaldum. Even, some deals are only there to temporarily reduce the size of the workforce: Draxler ready to Benfica with 80% of the salary covered by the PSG Where Kurzawa ready to Fulham with 60% of salary covered by Paris. Thereby, THE TEAM qualifies this wave of departures double-edged operations “, as they can bring in 80 M€ in a year or nothing.

Waiting, THE TEAM recalls well in a last article that the non-recruitment of a right racial defender ” causes a stir at PSG and raises concerns “. The non-arrival of Milano Skriniar is lived” like a deep disappointment, even a tragedy “. In the meantime, as he said so well at a press conference, Christophe Galtier does not intend to abandon his defense at 3, even though he says he is ready for a temporary adjustment if one of his three holders were injured or suspended for a while. However, THE TEAM remember that the PSG is not completely out of solution in this sector with the arrival of Nordi Mukiele able to play in central defense and the presence of danilo Pereirawhose contribution was praised by Christophe Galtier at a press conference on Friday.

Last point related to PSG in THE TEAMthe sanction of financial fair play. Indeed, as communicated this Friday by UEFA, the Parisian club was fined for having exceeded the authorized deficit of €30 million over three financial years. This is a fine of €65m in total: €10m to be paid now and €55m suspended. The club now has three years to gradually come into compliance with the rules in order to avoid heavier sporting and/or financial sanctions.

In its Saturday edition, The Parisian also returns to the internal tensions following this transfer window. The Ile-de-France media attacks hard: “ Lewandowski, Bernardo Silva, Ekitike, Skriniar, Scamacca, Tchouaméni, Vitinha, Fofana, Mukiele, Renato Sanches, Ruiz: these are the eleven players that PSG wanted to recruit as a priority this summer “. Problem, only five out of eleven finally arrived. As a result, tensions erupted, and Antero Henrique is the one who crystallizes criticism for two reasons: the lack of sales and loans, as well as the fact that he tried to go through his network without always informing Luis Campos. Typical example of tensions unveiled by The Parisian : case management Navas by Antero Henriquewho learned as late as possible to Luis Campos that it would ultimately remain Paris while the second city still thought in the afternoon of September 1 that the Costa Rican goalkeeper would leave. The disappointment is here too on the sales side: 150 M€ were expected for an overall recruitment envelope of 230 M€ with the basic 80 M€, except that he only had about 50 M€ in sales . In doing so, The Parisian considers that the cohabitation between Antero Henrique and Luis Camposcould not long lasting operation », and this while the first city would like to stay to continue to have influence. In this context, according to The Parisiansome players and not the least “ are still wondering how PSG managed to put a spoke in the wheels on their own during this transfer window “. Result of this transfer window which did not have the expected results, Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier ” are considering returning to four elements behind “with matches every three days” to allow a better rotation between their three indisputable starting defenders “.

In the meantime, this Saturday marks the occasion of the first match after the transfer window for Christophe Galtier and his men. In the eyes of Parisianthis move to Nantes should be the occasion for a rotation of the workforce before the first shock of the season against the Juventus Tuesday evening. The threesome Messi-Neymar-Mbappe should be aligned, but Sergio Ramos and Nuno Mendes should blow being replaced by Nordi Mukiele and John Bernatwhile Presnel Kimpembe will find its place. Vitinha and Verratti will be aligned in the middle, even if The Parisian the question arises of the benefit of chaining him up or rather taking him out during the meeting as Neymar against Toulouse in the middle of the week. Finally, last element for this match: The Parisian indicates that there is no change of system in sight for the moment.

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