Paris Saint-Germain’s recent good performances in the Champions League, notably against Barcelona in the quarter-finals, make the side from the French capital an attractive destination for players this summer.
Following the arrival of David Beckham and the presence of superstar names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore, PSG are primed to make some impressive additions to their squad.
Much has been made of the international makeup of Carlo Ancelotti’s side, currently only boasting a small number of domestic talents in their starting lineup. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see PSG strengthen within Ligue 1 to an extent this summer.
That has not stopped the media machine kicking into overdrive to link Les Parisiens with a host of European football’s biggest names ahead of the summer transfer window.
Here are five of the biggest names to have been linked with PSG of late.
Further to that, Le 10 Sport Supremo Michel Moulin has stuck his neck out on the line already claiming that it is a “done deal” for the 27-year-old.
Failing that, PSG have lined up a number of alternative targets according to the French press. Zenit St. Petersburg’s unsettled Brazilian hit man Hulk is one of them, as is Roma’s Argentine sensation Erik Lamela.
Whilst the Rooney link no doubt has credence, PSG would arguably be better advised to look at a player who could play further forward than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, not in the same withdrawn role that the Swede favours.
Saint-Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang therefore could be the better of the alternative options if reports in France are to be believed. The Gabonese has yet to make a decision regarding his future but did recently confirm interest from Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Sporting Director Leonardo tends to keep his eyes trained across Italy and Brazil, though, and will no doubt have been encouraged by Edinson Cavani’s recent comments regarding a potential move.
Blaise Matuidi has become an integral part of the PSG side this season; the difficulty for Ancelotti at present is deciding who to pair with the Frenchman.
The aging Thiago Motta, whilst effective, is terribly injury-prone and is unlikely to make it through the majority of next season without succumbing to another spell on the sidelines. The capital club do however boast the impressive talents of young Italian wonder kid Marco Verratti, who will be expected to come into his own next season.
One of the few domestic talents PSG have been linked with ahead of the summer transfer window is Toulouse’s Etienne Capoue. The French international confirmed that he is in contact with PSG to the French media recently.
A signing from within Ligue 1 would be a massive boost to the club’s French contingent and the league itself, and Capoue is arguably one of the most promising European talents in his position.
PSG’s interest in the Toulouse man is long-standing; expect this transfer story to be one of the more credible ones heading into the summer.
Although Christophe Jallet performed admirably well in both legs of PSG’s 3-3 aggregate draw with Barcelona in the Champions League, the Frenchman is regularly singled out as one of the capital club’s weak links.
Another Ligue 1-based talent, Corchia is highly rated by les Lionceaux and would represent a major coup and sage long-term thinking from Leonardo and Ancelotti if they could convince the young Frenchman to join the capital club.
Jallet is not the only right-back in the squad, but Dutchman Gregory Van Der Wiel has only just started to show glimpses of the form that prompted PSG to tempt him away from two-time Eredivisie champions Ajax.
Strengthening the defence, it seems, will be a priority for PSG come the summer. Evidently Carlo Ancelotti has little faith in Mamadou Sakho, and Brazilian Alex has proven to be less than reliable this season in terms of fitness.
However, they will need to move fast with recent reports claiming that he is close to sealing a move to Brazilian rivals Cruzeiro.
Although Dede would no doubt represent a good signing and an improvement on Alex given his lack of mobility, replacing Sakho with Dede would be inexcusable given Sakho’s status as one of PSG’s homegrown talents.
Like with Jallet, the same goes for PSG’s left-back Maxwell who, despite performing admirably across all competitions this season, needs cover on the left.
The capital club have been linked with a bid for Porto’s Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro in France, a player who is also courting interest from Manchester United.
Porto’s Samba star could be lured away from the Estadio do Dragao but would not necessarily usurp Maxwell immediately as first choice.
Montpellier’s Henri Bedimo or Bordeaux’s Benoit Tremoulinas would represent good alternatives if a move for the Porto man fails.
Given the likely high price tag for the Brazilian, Tremoulinas would represent better value and an added bonus of being a French international as well as an established Ligue 1 talent.