Liverpool Interest in Menez and Gameiro Provides Summer Quandary for PSG

Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IINovember 8, 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 27:  Jeremy Menez of PSG is tackled by Alaixys Romao of Marseille during the French Cup match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Marseille Olympic OM at Parc des Princes on February 27, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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When discussing transfers, most of the talk surrounding Paris Saint-Germain centers on who is coming in rather than those exiting. With a roster full of talent, there will no doubt be an exodus to make room for the new purchases this summer.

Among those expected to be nearing the door are Jeremy Menez and Kevin Gameiro. Both attacking players have been linked to Liverpool in recent times (per Metro).

Gameiro has found his time in Paris to be well short of his expectations since Carlo Ancelotti took over as manager. Brought in from Lorient two summers ago to help lead the attack, Gameiro has found himself short on opportunities.

Gameiro's skill set does not mesh well with that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the system PSG employs. This makes it difficult to plug him in—especially with Ibra in the lineup.

A move to Liverpool or another club should help rekindle his career. PSG is prepared to lose the diminutive striker, as there is a host of speculation surrounding big-name forwards being pursued this summer.

An exit by Menez may be a blessing or a curse. There have been many games where Menez has been the most dangerous player on the field. An argument could be made that he was one of PSG's best performers during much of the first half of the season.

The January arrival of Brazilian phenom Lucas Moura stole some of Menez's time on the pitch. Unhappy about his opportunities, Menez was vocal about how he was being used by Carlo Ancelotti.

Letting Menez walk may make for a few less attitude-induced headaches in the locker room, but it would be letting go of an extremely talented attacker.

When focused, Menez has the ability to beat defenders head on with trickery and pace. On multiple occasions this season, he has created scoring opportunities for PSG with his dazzling runs.

The problem for PSG is determining which Jeremy Menez will show up. If he can put behind the attitude and concentration lapses he has shown in the past, he has the ability to be a game-changer. If he continues to be an enigma, he can potentially poison the well.

Gameiro's potential exit from Paris is a clear case of a solid player in the wrong environment for his talents. Everyone recognizes this and his loss will be easily dealt with.

With Menez, it is a much more difficult case. A replacement can be found, but players with what he brings to the pitch are in short supply. How PSG handles the Menez situation may be the most difficult decision of their summer.