The appointment of football adviser Luis Campos at the heart of the Parisian project launches a summer of work at PSG, which wants to rebuild around Kylian Mbappé, extended until 2025, and perhaps Zinedine Zidane, a structure capable of winning the title as quickly as possible. Champions League.
Project N.1: with which trainer?
The very day of the formalization of the arrival of Campos, Friday, the Zinedine Zidane hypothesis started again, many media claiming that an agreement had been reached with "Zizou" to succeed Mauricio Pochettino.
President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had promised a quick announcement about the coach, but a few weeks later, the name of the technician is still not official.
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After the ousting of sporting director Leonardo, changing technicians seems like the most logical decision for PSG, which wants to overhaul its sporting project.
The Argentinian, recruited by Leonardo, the predecessor of Campos, has not convinced in a season and a half, and his remaining year of contract should not represent a financial obstacle for "NAK", determined to change everything.
Booed by supporters, "Poche" nevertheless retains support in the person of Mbappé, who said he had "
a great relationship
" with him.
Site N.2: the Pogba dream
The midfielder is a weakness identified for several years at PSG, which cannot find an effective pair to associate with the Italian Marco Verratti.
Luis Campos, with recognized qualities as a recruiter, has no room for error in a sector where his predecessors Antero Henrique and Leonardo missed their bet, with Leandro Paredes and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Paul Pogba, who has ended his lease at Manchester United, is free and awaits a call from Zidane, who has always been his idol, to join PSG, according to his entourage.
A contract is ready for him at Juventus Turin, but "La Pioche" did not initial it, hoping for a sign from Paris and ZZ, if he became the coach.
Currently injured, the player is expected in Conakry, Guinea, the country of his parents, for a charity operation from June 20 to 22 and is preparing the release of a documentary about him on June 17, in which he could announce his future club.
Pogba was more an idea of Leonardo, not necessarily of Campos, who had in mind another French international, Aurélien Tchouaméni, but the latter chose Real Madrid.
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Project N.3: hierarchies to be clarified
The best player in the world is Kylian Mbappé
", launched Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.
In the hierarchy, a year ago, the striker seemed behind Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Today, PSG lined up behind the Frenchman, and this could have consequences for the role of the Argentinian and the Brazilian.
It's up to Luis Campos to find a place for everyone in a locker room known for his egos, which has already played tricks on his predecessors.
He will also have to clarify the situation around goalkeepers Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma, who want to stay while being N.1 next season - which implies the departure of one of the two.
I think the club will make choices
“Launched the Italian in mid-May in an interview with AFP.
It will also be necessary to make room for new stars, especially in attack where the position of right winger is available after the departure of Angel Di Maria.
The name of Ousmane Dembélé, free of any contract at the end of June in Barcelona, often comes up in the press.
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Site N.4: degreasing mission
As a corollary to the previous mission, Campos will have to slim down a bloated workforce - a point on which Leonardo failed, despite the need to sell in a difficult financial period for PSG, which recorded 225 M EUR in losses over the 2020-2021 financial year. .
After the departure of Di Maria, the club could sell other elements who play little or not at all, such as midfielders Julian Draxler and Leandro Paredes as well as striker Mauro Icardi.
Goalkeeper Sergio Rico, defenders Abdou Diallo, Layvin Kurzawa and Colin Dagba, and even Idrissa Gueye in midfield, could also pack their bags if there is enough supply.
But selling is not easy, in particular because of the high salaries in Paris on which the clubs concerned find it difficult to align themselves, for players who appreciate the Parisian living environment.
Al-Khelaïfi however promised it, that will change.