Paris Saint-Germain Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 27
Updated January 31 (after window closed).
With the January transfer window now closed, Paris Saint-Germain can feel satisfied with their work over the past month.
With the French international on board, PSG decided not to strengthen their stellar squad any further.
One potential hole in the side at present is the lack of a second right-back, with Christophe Jallet out following surgery on a back problem.
However, while Gregory van der Wiel is fit and Marquinhos is not called into first team action to replace Alex or Thiago Silva, there is adequate cover.
With five players now vying for the three starting central midfield roles once Adrien Rabiot recovers from his knee injury, coach Laurent Blanc can feel highly satisfied with the current depth in the key areas of his PSG team.
DONE DEAL: Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye is Parisien, it is official!
After much speculation this month, the former Newcastle United midfielder finally completed his move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday for an initial fee of €20million according to ESPN FC.
The French international signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with PSG, revealing that the lure of challenging for trophies with the European giants was impossible to resist at his unveiling press conference (h/t ESPN FC).
Cabaye could make his debut as early as Friday's Ligue 1 clash with Girondins de Bordeaux, being named in the PSG squad after the capital club received clearance for the 28-year-old to feature.
Although speculation has suggested that Cabaye's arrival will lead to the eventual departure of fellow French international Blaise Matuidi, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has already moved to quell those claims.
Coach Laurent Blanc admitted to RMC (h/t ESPN FC) that there are "difficulties" regarding Matuidi inking a new deal, but explained once again that it is not a question of the club or player wanting the extended commitment.
The issue in question is an ongoing legal wrangle between Matuidi's past agent and his new one.
Cabaye and Matuidi could find themselves reunited on the pitch, but in PSG colours and not France's, come Friday at the Parc des Princes.
CASE CLOSED: Miralem Pjanic
One player who will definitely not be joining PSG this month is AS Roma’s Miralem Pjanic.
The creative midfielder, who formerly played for Olympique Lyonnais and FC Metz in France, has recently been linked with a return to Ligue 1.
Despite admitting that PSG are the “only club” that he would leave the Italian capital for according to ESPN FC, Roma coach Rudi Garcia has crushed his hopes by firmly stating that the Bosnian international is not for sale (h/t ESPN FC).
With Roma keen to keep Pjanic while they continue their Italian title tilt, it explains why PSG finally decided to complete the deal for Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye.
Set to Renew: Blaise Matuidi
Following the arrival of Yohan Cabaye, speculation has swelled suggesting that Blaise Matuidi could now leave the French champions.
However, this could not be further from the truth and it seems there has been a misunderstanding with regards to the curious case surrounding Matuidi's non-signing of a new contract so far.
Although PSG coach Laurent Blanc recently admitted to RMC, per ESPN FC, that there are some factors preventing him from inking a new deal at this moment, the 26-year-old is realistically going nowhere.
Since last summer, the player has been involved in a legal wrangle between his former agent Jean-Pierre Bernes and proposed new representative Mino Raiola, according to ESPN FC’s Ian Holyman.
This ongoing court case prevents Matuidi from signing a new contract with PSG or signing a deal with another club.
The all-action midfielder is essentially without an agent while this issue is taken care of, but the player has given his word to PSG over signing a new contract.
Matuidi: I'm close to signing new PSG deal http://t.co/9xXy2lTfOB— Goal (@goal_intl) February 1, 2014
Matuidi reiterated his desire to renew his current deal with PSG as soon as possible when interviewed shortly after the team's 2-0 win over Girondins de Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Friday.
No Surprise Late Departure: Javier Pastore
According to Marca (h/t Canal Supporters translated from French as a bilingual) on Friday, Paris Saint-Germain's enigmatic playmaker Javier Pastore was on an Atletico Madrid shortlist to replace AS Saint-Etienne-bound French international midfielder Josuha Guilavogui.
Although El Flaco's form this season, with the exception of a recent resurgence, suggested that a loan move might have been a possibility, that close to the end of the transfer window it was always going to be a non-starter.
INFO: Javier #Pastore (PSG) a décliné une proposition de l'Atlético Madrid ces dernières heures, son souhait étant de rester à Paris.— Antoine k. (@antnparis) January 31, 2014
French journalist Antoine Kornprobst (in French translated as a bilingual) claimed that the offer of a loan from the Spanish title chasers was rejected on the day.
The fact that Guilavogui had barely featured for Atleti since initially arriving from Saint-Etienne last summer meant that it was probably a move that Pastore was not keen to consider, knowing that a greater number of opportunities were unlikely.
He has already seen his playing time severely limited at the Parc des Princes this term and a move to Spain promised even less for the 24-year-old.
If it were to have happened, then Pastore's hopes of making Argentina's squad for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer would take an even greater hit.
However, his performance in PSG's 2-0 win over Girondins de Bordeaux on Friday suggests that neither were ideal solutions.
Not on His Way out for Now: Jeremy Menez
The news of PSG’s interest in Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj earlier in the week once again underlined their desire to get rid of the troublesome Jeremy Menez.
According to Le Parisien (translated from French as a bilingual), the mercurial Frenchman could have been offloaded to an Italian club before the end of the transfer window after talks with a number of French clubs failed for financial reasons.
Menez, a French international, has struggled for regular game time this season after recovering from surgery last summer. While absent, he fell down Laurent Blanc’s pecking order and some of his well documented behavioural problems from the past have resurfaced.
His bust-up with Blanc back in October (h/t ESPN FC), after being an unused substitute in a UEFA Champions League clash with SL Benfica, is the most notable example.
According to that same article in Le Parisien, PSG had turned their attentions to Ukrainian international Yevhen Konoplyanka. However, the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk star looked set to join English Premier League side Liverpool before opting to stay put according to ESPN FC.
Football Italia reported that Arsenal were rivalling Juventus for his late signature. But earlier in January he pledged, via comments made to L'Equipe (h/t ESPN FC), to stay at PSG until at least the end of the season.
He was as good as his word and remains with the French champions, at least until the end of the season.
One to Look Forward To? Eliaquim Mangala
Although there was no reported bid from PSG for FC Porto's Eliaquim Mangala at any point during the month of January, Manchester City's supposed late withdrawal from talks with the French international (according to Manchester Evening News) hints at a favourable situation for the French champions.
As for Mangala, feeling in Portugal is that he'd prefer PSG. He's a Jorge Mendes player. He will get a big move, undoubtedly— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) January 31, 2014
Further to that boost, the Guardian's Daniel Taylor offered some interesting insight into what might be the player's priority when looking to make his next move.
Could PSG possibly replace ageing Brazilian Alex with Mangala in the summer? We will have to wait and see!