We continue our feature today on the January transfer window wish lists by taking a look at the winter recruitment plans for Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain.
The French giants are currently three points of the top of the table in Ligue 1 and currently sit in third place behind Marseille and Lyon, which will be a concern for the club, considering that European commitments may have a negative impact on their title challenge. A tough encounter in the Champions League may also make them think that they need to bring in a few new recruits.
Financial Fair Play restrictions will mean that they cannot spend big, as they have done in the past, but these are three players that we think they can bring in for reasonable prices.
Some of PSG’s biggest problems have come in their defence, and with Maxell being their first choice left-back, at the age of 33, Amavi would be the perfect long-term replacement. He’s only 20 years old and has been one of the standout performers in this season’s Ligue 1 campaign. He could also arrive for little money and would not be cup tied in the Champions League.
The 24-year-old centre back has been a stand-out performer in this season’s Serie A for Empoli and Italy has always been a happy hunting ground for the French champions. His aerial presence and ability to score from set-pieces make him a great option to reinforce Laurent Blanc’s defence which has struggled to defend the Parisian’s team’s lead on several occasions this season.
Schalke’s Cameroonian striker has been in great form for the German club this season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions, while sharing goal scoring duties with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. He would be a fine answer to PSG’s problems of adequately covering for Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the Swede needs to rest. He is versatile and a great finisher and could come to the club for a relatively small fee.
They may also look to offload some of their pedestrian players and get some money coming in to offset their spending and these are two players that they may look to get rid of.
The French midfielder has failed to impress since completing his move from Newcastle 12 months ago and he’s struggling to break into the first team. Perhaps loaning him out could be a good option, or otherwise, it could end up that, if the right offer comes in, they could sell him to free up some spending money.
The Argentine speedster has been a very disappointing acquisition by the club, after he moved from Napoli in 2012. He simply hasn’t lived up to expectations and has yet to do something memorable in Paris. This season, he has been especially poor and, at 29, he’s showing no signs of improving. It would be a good idea to let him go now and allow another one of our forwards to fill his vacated role on the wing or perhaps even allow a young player to fill in until the summer.
PSG’s spending power has taken a hit with Financial Fair Play restrictions, so we won’t see any big money deals, but it would be interesting to see what does happen this January and if we can be creative in our transfer dealings. But changes do need to be made, of that there is no doubt!
Which transfers do you think PSG should make this January?