5 Rumoured Targets for Paris Saint-Germain on January Transfer Deadline Day

Jonathan JohnsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

5 Rumoured Targets for Paris Saint-Germain on January Transfer Deadline Day

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    Despite boss Carlo Ancelotti claiming that the transfer window is “closed” for Paris Saint-Germain this month; it is something that football fans have grown accustomed to. No matter how adamant a coach is that his side don’t need reinforcement, late deals are always a possibility.

    PSG are currently in a process of shedding their surplus players following the exits of Nene, Guillaume Hoarau, Diego Lugano and Peguy Luyindula. It appears unlikely that the current squad list will be added to and if anything, further departures are expected. 

    However, the capital club have been linked with a number of stars from across Europe this month. It is also apparent when watching them that they are still a few players short of the side that Sporting Director Leonardo wants to present as the finished article, particularly at full-back. 

    So don’t be surprised if one of the following happens.

Nicolas Isimat-Mirin

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    Valenciennes’ young centre-back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin has been enjoying a season to remember in Ligue 1. His form hasn’t gone unnoticed and has attracted the interest of some big clubs, most notably PSG.

    According to L’Equipe and later Mercato 365, the capital club are hot on the trail of the Clairefontaine graduate. A late January bid now that Lugano has left for Malaga is not out of the question.

    Likelihood: 3/5

Ricardo Rodriguez

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    It seems likely that PSG will be in the market sooner rather than later for a full-back, particularly as Ancelotti refuses to use Siaka Tiene at left-back in any competitive match.

    Earlier in January, Wolfsburg’s Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez was touted as a target by French transfer service Mercato 365.

    Although by all accounts Rodriguez is a wanted man across Europe, PSG could be tempted to invest in the Swiss international with a late bid.

     Likelihood 2.5/5

Hatem Ben Arfa

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    Newcastle’s mercurial attacking talent is a self-professed PSG fan from his childhood. He has also talked up the possibility of a move in recent weeks.

    However, given the club’s plethora of options in the attacking third, a move for Hatem Ben Arfa right now would not make sense. Unless he would be happy to settle for a place on the bench, or a surprise departure preceded it.

    Given his history as a former Marseille player too, it seems unlikely that the club would make such a move. Following Nene’s departure, though, there is space in the squad for another wide man.

    Likelihood: 2/5

Bacary Sagna

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    Perhaps one of PSG’s more fanciful deadline-day targets would be Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna. The French international’s future has been subject of speculation for a while, with les Parisiens thought to be one of the teams following him.

    However, the 29-year-old insists he wants to win a trophy with the Gunners before leaving, and it is unlikely that Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger would sanction such a big-name departure mid-season. It is probably a potential transfer to watch this summer instead.

    Likelihood: 1.5/5

Falcao

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    One of the biggest names to be linked with a move to the French capital this season is Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid. The prolific Colombian hit man has also done little to dampen the speculation by admitting that a move to France would appeal to him.

    The 26-year-old is hot property on the European transfer market given interest from Chelsea mentioned in the article as well as Madrid rivals Real. However, it seems that PSG have the upper hand on their European foes. A January move seems almost impossible from a selling and buying point of view, though.

    If it did happen it would arguably be one of the biggest transfer deadline deals in history, but expect this story to be one that is more credible come this summer.

    Likelihood: 1/5