The transfer market was lively at Paris Saint-Germain. The capital club has recruited quality elements, while carrying out a major slimming down.
Luis Campos had a lively first transfer window at PSG
The summer transfer window officially closed Thursday at 11 p.m. in France. In terms of arrivals and departures, Paris Saint-Germain will have been one of the great animators of the transfer market.
In the arrivals column, six new players have joined Christophe Galtier’s squad. Purchase for 41 million euros, the midfielder Vitinha, attractive since his debut in the Parisian jersey, first came to strengthen the midfield. The Portuguese was imitated by Renato Sanches (€10m + €3m bonus) and Fabian Ruiz (€25 million bonus included). With these three recruits and Marco Verratti, PSG have four solid options for two places in midfield.
the attacker Hugo Ekitike (loan with option to buy €36m), the attacking midfielder Carlos Solerthe latest recruit arrives Thursday from Valencia for 22 M€ (bonus included), and the versatile defender Nordi Mukiele (€15 million), will have more of a supporting role during the coming season. If the first two will have to be patient behind the trio made up of Kylian Mbapp, Lionel Messi and Neymar, the third will undoubtedly have more opportunities since he can evolve in the right lane or in central defense, a sector where Paris does not did not achieve its goal.
The Skriniar failure
Indeed, PSG has therefore failed to recruit the central defender of Inter Milan, Milan Skriniar, the summer priority of sports adviser Luis Campos to strengthen the rearguard of Galtier. Despite a last offer of 50 million euros plus 10 million euros in bonuses made by the French champion and the takeover of Parisian president Nasser Al-Khelafi, who tried everything until the last hours of the transfer window, the Italian club closed the door to the departure of an element under contract until next June.
What cause the wrath de Campos, writes L’Equipe. The sports daily evokes a leader tired of not seeing his goal come true . The Portuguese will still be able to return to the charge in January to try to negotiate a free arrival of the Slovak international next summer. If he does not extend by then … But in the meantime, Galtier will have to compose, at least until January, with three professional central defenders (Marquinhos, Ramos, Kimpembe) and will rely on Mukiele and Danilo Pereira to compensate for absences or to breathe his holders.
Many departures, but a financial objective not achieved
If the former sporting director Leonardo was often criticized for his poor management of departures, the new sporting management has shown itself to be a little more skilful in this area. The Parisian leaders managed to part with practically all the elements that were undesirable or on which Galtier did not count for the coming season. For now, only Mauro Icardi and Rafinha have not found a buyer. But the transfer window is still open in some countries like Turkey, where the first is targeted by Galatasaray and Fenerbahe.
In the end, Paris SG managed to recover between 50 and 60 M€ with the departures ofArnaud Kalimuendo (Reindeer), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham), Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Idrissa Gueye (Everton) and Marcin Bulka (Nice). A fairly low sum all the same, whereas a target of €150 million in cumulative sales had been set initially. For the rest, the club of the capital has closed the loans of Julian Draxler (Benfica), Layvin Kurzawa (Fulham), Abdou Diallo (Leipzig), Leandro Paredes (Juve), Ander Herrera (Bilbao), Eric Junior Dina-Ebimbe (Frankfurt), Georginio Wijnaldum (Rome) and Colin Dagba (Strasbourg). What significantly lighten the Parisian workforce, as Galtier wished.
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