Two years in a row in the semi-finals of the Champions League, PSG now want to perpetuate its installation among the Davos of football.
Finished the club unable to exceed the stage of the 8th finals of the C1.
Paris finally belongs to the closed circle of teams capable of winning this European Cup set up as an initial objective as soon as the club was bought out in 2011. Before he was a candidate, now he is credible.
With this in mind, his transfer window will condition the rest, as always.
The recovery plan consists of correcting the flaws that appeared during this campaign, with the first market on which Mauricio Pochettino will have an impact.
It is the royal domain of Leonardo, the sporting director, but this summer his work will be accompanied by the reflections of the coach while he worked without the endorsement (or advice) of Thomas Tuchel.
Messi on everyone's lips
Leo Messi, 34, at the end of his contract with FC Barcelona, will decide on the rest of his career at the end of May or early June before the start of the Copa America, which starts on June 11. In all likelihood, he gives priority to the Catalan club but not at any cost. The new leaders of Barça are peeling the accounts and therefore the holes to know how far they can go in their proposal for an extension. In the meantime, the contact between the clan of the best player in the world and PSG is constant.
According to our information, the capital club has drawn the contours of PSG 2021-2022 with Lionel Messi in its negotiations with players.
On several occasions in recent months, the Parisian leaders have expressed in front of agents or representatives of players the wish to build a team with the six-fold Ballon d'Or France Football if their foal signs in Paris.
They even present a team where Messi would be associated with both Neymar and Mbappé, should the world champion decide to stay.
Mbappé at the center of the game
Given the salaries of the three world stars, some had imagined that Leo Messi was PSG's plan B in the event of Mbappé's departure. This is not the reality that PSG displays in its talks, which does not fail to leave its interlocutors perplexed. How to achieve such an economic operation in times of accounts impacted by the pandemic or financial fair play still in place according to the latest news? Sportingly, a Messi-Mbappé-Neymar attack would obviously bring together the absolute cream. In terms of marketing benefits, the interest is also quickly understood with a PSG which would explode the sales figures of derivatives.
In the meantime, Kylian Mbappé has still not given his decision to PSG.
His answer conditions the rest.
His transfer would bring in a lot of money, enough to rebuild sectors where there is a lack of talent.
His stay in Paris would relieve Mauricio Pochettino, with whom the understanding is total, and of course the bosses of the club, who want more than anything to extend it.
The striker should also wait until the end of the season and the national verdict (championship, Coupe de France) to officially decide.
In the meantime, Paris is exploring all avenues like Leo Messi.
In case of failure, he has one priority: to snatch Mohamed Salah from Liverpool.
Hope for Camavinga?
Attacking has never been a problem in this QSI version PSG which has given itself the means to score by recruiting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Neymar or even Mbappé. On the other hand, since the departure of Thiago Motta, followed by Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot, Paris has never succeeded in reconstituting a midfielder which would combine qualities of recovery, pressing, recovery and construction. Only Marco Verratti can do everything but he is the only one. Neither Danilo Pereira nor Ander Herrera nor Leandro Paredes nor Idrissa Gueye, each with their undeniable qualities, tick all the boxes.
Paris targets for its athletic density (among others) Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, at the end of his contract at Liverpool but who seems to give his preference to the Barcelona of his Dutch compatriot Ronald Koeman. David Alaba (Bayern Munich), he has signed with Real Madrid according to German media. Part of Parisian hopes now relate to the nugget of Rennes, Eduardo Camavinga, 18, already international A and future great in Europe in this sector, to whom there is still a year of contract with Stade Rennais. It would bring an additional technical touch.
If Pochettino and Leonardo have nothing to reproach over the duration to the hinge Marquinhos - Presnel Kimpembe, the full-backs remain a subject of concern, reflection and prospecting. PSG has decided and wants to enlist Serge Aurier, 28, as a priority, to give him the role of number 1 on the right as we revealed on April 17. The former Toulousain knows perfectly the house and the coach in place, whom he rubbed shoulders with at Tottenham where he is still under contract for a year. The future of Alessandro Florenzi, on loan from AS Roma, will remain to be sealed. On the left, the return of Juan Bernat, which extended until 2025, should repair the evil observed with the substitutes Kurzawa or Bakker. Diallo, who repaired at this post, is called upon to find competition in the medium term.