After Lille’s fairytale season that culminated on the last day of the 2020-21 season, Ligue 1 is back in action for its 84th season after a delicious 83approx. chapter.
Paris Saint-Germain, the nine-time winners and three-time defending champions, were dethroned last season, in which they saw a change in managerial role. Mauricio Pochettino, whose contract now runs through June 2023, replaced Thomas Tuchel after the German clashed with the club’s management over the club’s operation and the recognition he received as a coach.
Paris Saint-Germain is pleased to announce that Mauricio Pochettino and his staff are now on contract with the club from the capital until June 30, 2023. ✍️🔴🔵 https://t.co/daOhYRpEh9
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 23, 2021
With the Argentine, the club challenged Lille for the league until the end, but failed to beat Les Dogues for first place. Even in the Champions League, the Parisians suffered heartbreak when they crashed in the semi-finals, but a silver lining from last season would be their triumph in national cup competitions, as they managed to lift the Coupe de France and the Coupe de France. . French Super Cup, after defeating Monaco and Marseille, respectively, in the final phase.
– Ligue1 English (@ Ligue1_ENG) May 20, 2021
To reclaim that first place from Lille in the league and win that elusive Champions League title, PSG’s strategy has been aggressive yet smart in the transfer, as they bought in some high-profile names like Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio. Wijnaldum on free offers, but spent a lot on the transfer of Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan for a informed treatment of almost 70 million euros including accessories.
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 14, 2021
But they would have to balance those signatures with some sales and open space for any other potential arrivals in the latter part of the transfer window and FootTheBall is here to see three players that PSG can sell to achieve those goals.
He may have moved from Barcelona to PSG last summer, but Rafael Alcântara do Nascimento, or Rafinha, can be classified as deadwood in the team just after one season. The Brazilian who had signed for Celta de Vigo on loan from the Blaugrana had moved to the French capital in 2020, which surprised not only experts and fans around the world, but even the club’s fans, who were stunned by him signing.
Rafinha has lowered the pecking order at PSG, which will probably sell him this summer. (Image courtesy: UEFA / Website)
While he managed to find a few minutes, primarily in the league due to various injuries from his midfield teammates, he was used primarily as a rotating player, but is now ready to receive even less than what he received in the previous one. This is due to the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a free transfer and potentially to Paul Pogba of Manchester United.
Proud! It is a very special day for me and my family. Really looking forward to this new trip with this great club 🔴🔵
– Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) July 22, 2021
If the superstar midfielder leaves the Red Devils and joins the Parisian club, much less Rafinha, it will be difficult for players like Ander Herrera, Danilo Pereira and Idrissa Gueye to get the minutes they would like, in addition, with the arrival of Sergio. Ramos, we could see the return of Marquinhos to midfield or Pochettino changing the system to a back-three, leaving only two central midfielder spots.
PSG is reportedly close to reaching a personal deal with Paul Pogba
– utdreport (@utdreport) July 20, 2021
With Turkey’s growing interest in the Brazilian’s services, it is the best time for PSG to sell him and also for Rafinha, as he can extend his professional career for another three or four years.
Along with Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, Kylian Mbappé is seen as the true heir to the two greats of the 21S t century, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and both youngsters have their future in a kind of dilemma for the 2021-22 season.
Kylian Mbappé celebrating after scoring 100 goals in Ligue 1. (Image courtesy: Ligue 1 / Website)
Although PSG is getting a new world-class starting eleven and a strong bench ready to fight on two fronts, the contractual situation with the youngster is their main obstacle before the start of the new campaign. Mbappé has entered the final year of his contract and is almost certain that he will leave the French capital and follow his idol, Ronaldo, and join the club of his dreams, Real Madrid, when the time comes.
🚨🌕 | Mbappé informed Pochettino in the final weeks of last season that he would NOT renew his contract. His idea remains the same: not to renew and wait for PSG to call Real Madrid. 🇫🇷 @jfelixdiaz #rmalive
– Madrid Area (@theMadridZone) July 23, 2021
It’s an open secret that even Los Blancos have admired the Frenchman over the years and are ready to make him their new galactic, but the question remains: will it be this summer or next? Many of the Spanish clubs face financial problems due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Florentino Pérez had made sure that his club is stable enough to spend money if necessary.
It has become a question of ‘when’ and not of ‘if’, the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, will sanction the agreement for Mbappé. (Image courtesy: Madrid Management / Website)
PSG is more likely to want their star attacker to sign a new contract this year, but Mbappé’s unwillingness to put pen to paper could force him to sell it this summer rather than face the risk of losing it for free the next. . Although Real Madrid’s cash reserves depend on its expenditures, specifically that of Raphael Varane, whose potential transfer to Manchester United is in advanced stages, PSG will have to sell for something, around 100 million euros to recover part of your initial investment in Mbappé. , almost 180 million euros, the amount they spent for their arrival from Monaco.
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He may still have an important role to play at the club after the possible departure of Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid, but it is visible that Julian Draxler needs to get away from the capital club and seek to have a regular playing time instead of the erratic minutes. . you receive in Paris.
Julian Draxler, in action for PSG in the league. (Image courtesy: PSG / Website)
A product of Schalke’s esteemed youth, Draxler came to PSG as a passionate talent after spending 18 months with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, for which the Paris club had to fight many clubs like Arsenal, but the German has not had the expected impact he had shown in Schalke and Wolfsburg.
Draxler is a player who thrives as the star player of a team that allows him to do whatever he wants, and it can’t be like that at PSG, with people like Neymar and Mbappé. Hey says in his own words that he has had to change the game while at the clubs, which has clearly affected him in a negative way.
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 17, 2021
One caveat, however, would be that PSG regards Draxler as an important member of the team and that became evident with the extension of his contract until 2024. And although this will affect his departure this summer, clubs like AC Milan, who need A creative force after Hakan Calhanoglu’s departure will keep an eye on the 27-year-old until the end of the transfer window.
With the signings that the club has made and more potential incoming transfers, PSG will have to sell for both reasons, first to balance the books and second, to avoid having a large squad full of players who tend to have minimum minutes. And for that, they will need to remove a lot of players from a squad that has nine goalkeepers and a large number of midfielders and that will certainly take some time.