Who will be the next big name added after Beckham in PSG's ambitious project?
Following David Beckham’s arrival in the French capital, Paris Saint-Germain’s attractiveness to world football’s biggest names has only skyrocketed. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been linked to a host of top European talents throughout the course of the current season, and this summer will be no different.
With a number of players reportedly considering exiting the club or turning their current loan deals into permanent moves, it appears PSG will be in the market for some new signings come the end of the season.
With the club having made clear their wish to bring in another goal scorer, a star striker will be at the top of that list. However, a number of other positions may well need filling come the end of the season.
Here are the most likely candidates.
Falcao has admitted an interest in PSG's project
However, PSG’s project is reportedly of “interest” to Falcao, and a potential partnership of the 27-year-old alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be too tempting to resist for the capital club.
With both players having already scored 20 league goals this season, a potential 40+ goals per season partnership would put Ancelotti’s side up there amongst the best in Europe.
The Colombian international and the Swede would no doubt be the best striker pairing in Europe on paper. Add in the likes of Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi, and this group would thrive at the Parc des Princes.
Cavani is coveted by a host of European clubs, but only a select few can afford him
Napoli’s Uruguayan hotshot, Edinson Cavani, is another option. With 18 league goals this season, the 26-year-old is one of Europe’s most in-form strikers along with Ibrahimovic and Falcao.
However, due to his massive €63 million release clause, only a few European clubs can genuinely afford to buy "el Matador."
But PSG are one of those clubs financially capable of pulling off such a deal. The move would also see him link up with former teammate Lavezzi.
Les Parisiens have been linked to Cavani a number of times in the past year. Expect them to sorely test the Partenopei’s resolve with a bid this summer for the Celeste international.
Di Maria's future could be linked with that of coach Mourinho
Of the recent rumours linking PSG with players across Europe, the stories suggesting that Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria could be the next big-name player to arrive in the French capital have more legs than most.
The Argentine’s position in Madrid could be compromised because of his rocky relationship with the club, and with coach Jose Mourinho’s future also unsure (possibly also in Paris), PSG would be capable of sealing a massive double swoop should di Maria become available.
Di Maria’s arrival would raise questions about Lavezzi’s future at the Parc des Princes, but more likely Javier Pastore would be the player to make way. Lavezzi can play on the right and up front alongside Ibrahimovic as well. Moura could do the same.
Pastore, though, is better suited to the middle and would likely not get into the team ahead of the Brazilian.
A move for the Argentine international would also give Ancelotti’s side a natural left-footed wide option.
De Rossi's move to Paris failed to materialise amidst confusion
If the January rumours are true, PSG were trying to secure the signing of Roma’s Italian international midfielder Daniele de Rossi before announcing the signing of David Beckham.
Roma were unwilling to let the 29-year-old leave, though, particularly without Marco Verratti being loaned back in return.
However, with Beckham’s deal only set to last for five months currently, it seems likely the club will be looking for reinforcements come the summer. The Roman vice-captain was willing to leave the Eternal City club under previous coach Zdenek Zeman, but the Czech’s subsequent departure may now have convinced him otherwise.
If PSG decide they need a central midfielder at the end of the season, they will likely move for de Rossi given Ancelotti’s admiration for the player as well as Leonardo’s.
Sagna could be a solution for Ancelotti at right back
Perhaps a more likely and realistic signature than any of the previously mentioned names would be Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna. The French international moved to deny rumours linking him with the capital club in January, but the speculation remains.
Given Christophe Jallet’s ever-weakening claims to the captain’s armband despite a run of good form lately, Sagna would walk into the team ahead of the 29-year-old.
Jallet is currently vying with Dutch international Gregory van Der Wiel for the starting spot in Ancelotti’s plans, but neither has adequately impressed enough to suggest they are a reliable piece in future plans.
Expect PSG to move for a defender in the summer and expect them to be a right back. Mamadou Sakho’s situation will likely be resolved, and if that involves Alex leaving the club, then PSG will be looking for a centre-back too.
However, a number of French players will be needed to replace the anticipated exodus of domestic talent, making Sagna a likely candidate.
Ronaldo's potential future in Paris depends on him deciding to leave Madrid
Although far from guaranteed that he would join PSG, coach Jose Mourinho’s uncertain position at the Santiago Bernabeu will likely have led the Portuguese to question his own future there.
His dismissal of Manchester City’s potential interest given his past ties to United also puts the capital club in the driver's seat.
If the 28-year-old does leave Real, PSG will ensure that they get his signature. However, it all depends on whether or not the player wants to move before a potential deal gets underway.
For now, it is 50/50 with a likelihood rating assuming that he decides to move.