During the lavish spending on new talent this summer, a secondary story emerged for Paris Saint-Germain. The question of where Nene would fit into the squad began to be asked. Once pen was put to paper on a deal for Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, the writing for Nene appeared to be on the wall. The chances of getting an extended contract at PSG were dwindling.
The entire situation has given PSG fans a mix of emotions. Nene tied with current Arsenal frontman Giroud at the top of Ligue 1 with 21 goals last season. His ability with (and movement without) the ball is appreciated by fans who know the game. At 31 years old, Nene may be on the downward track to his career, but he still has a lot to offer.
There is always room for a player who can score goals and create opportunities for teammates. Nene is such a player. However, the number of options Ancelotti has on the wings, along with his age and cost, do not work out in Nene's favor. With Moura coming from Sao Paulo in January, the time in Paris for the popular Nene is coming towards its end.
There were inquiries into the availability of Nene over the summer from various clubs. No one came with a concrete offer to persuade PSG to cash in for the Brazilian. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, any offers in January will be low. Chances are PSG will hold onto Nene until season's end as insurance against injuries, and Lucas Moura having problems acclimating to Paris.
When the end of season comes, chances are Nene will look to return home to Brazil—ironically, his preferred destination appears to be Sao Paulo, where Moura currently resides. Nene's family is in Sao Paulo, drawing his attention there.
ESPN Soccernet also reported that Nene is considering a return to Brazil. If he leaves PSG, as is believed he will, fans will wish him the best of luck. They will also miss him dearly. PSG will roll on, but Nene has long been a son of Paris who gave the fans a lot of good memories. His loss will be felt no matter what PSG goes on to accomplish.