PSG Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25
After a summer of intense speculation linking Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria with Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions were ultimately defeated in their quest to sign the Argentinian international. The 26-year-old opted to join Manchester United instead and Louis van Gaal's side sealed a British record transfer deal to take Di Maria to Old Trafford on Tuesday, per ESPN FC's Richard Jolly.
The news was a major blow for PSG, as the French capital outfit had set their sights upon Di Maria some time ago. However, the size of the transfer deal—£59.7 million or €75.2 million per the same ESPN FC piece—left Les Parisiens in the unfamiliar position of being unable to compete because of UEFA's Financial Fair Play sanctions.
Although there is still time for Laurent Blanc's men to delve back into the market, it now seems unlikely. PSG have already let a number of top-quality and good-value transfers elude them this summer because of their focus on Di Maria. El Fideo (the noodle) not arriving after all of that has exposed just how limited the side from the French capital are by UEFA's FFP punishments.
The French champions have already made a few moves in the transfer window. Here is reminder of PSG’s summer business, in full, so far:
David Luiz (Chelsea), Serge Aurier (Toulouse on loan), Clement Chantome (returns from loan spell with Toulouse), Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (returns from loan spell with Valenciennes), Alphonse Areola (returns from loan spell with RC Lens and joins Bastia), Jordan Ikoko (returns from loan spell with US Creteil-Lusitanos and joins Havre AC) and Antoine Conte (returns from loan spell with Stade de Reims before making transfer permanent).
Alex and Jeremy Menez (both AC Milan), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Kingsley Coman (Juventus on a free transfer), Kalifa Traore (Angers), Antoine Conte (Reims), Alphonse Areola (Bastia on season-long loan), Youssouf Sabaly (Evian on season-long loan), Jordan Ikoko (Havre AC on season-long loan) and Romain Habran (Sochaux on season-long loan).
PSG transfer information last updated on August 30 using Ligue1.com’s transfer tracker.
The Italian side now need to persuade Rabiot that his future lies in the Italian capital, but Giallorossi boss Rudi Garcia is expected to do a good job of persuading the player.
It appears increasingly likely that the waiflike teenager will no longer be a PSG player when the transfer window slams shut.
Despite having been linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool for the majority of the summer, PSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi could be on the verge of a move to Italy. The latest on his situation is that, according to Sport Mediaset (h/t Football-Italia), the Argentine international is in talks with Inter Milan over a potential move before the end of the transfer window.
However, Inter President Erick Thohir revealed in his comments to Sport Mediaset that there will be significant difficulties to overcome in order to sign the South American star.
El Pocho has struggled to replicate his best form shown at SSC Napoli since arriving in the French capital, and a return to Serie A could suit the 29-year-old. However, following PSG's failure to land Di Maria, the French champions may be unwilling to sell their No. 22.
One of the most recent transfer stories featuring PSG to be doing the rounds are the rumours that Arsenal will look to bring perennial transfer rumour subject Edinson Cavani to the club as a £50 million (€63 million) replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud, per The Express' Anthony Chapman.
The 27-year-old is set to miss the rest of the year with an ankle injury according to The Mirror's John Cross. However, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fitness currently uncertain, PSG are not likely to even consider Cavani leaving.
Should the Gunners actually land the Uruguayan, the French champions would then look to bring Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in as a replacement, also per The Express' Anthony Chapman. However, Wenger appears to have already ruled out the signing of a striker to replace Giroud, according to BBC Sport's David Ornstein.
PSG landing Benzema is as unlikely as the idea that they would consider selling Cavani, particularly after the French international renewed his Real contract at the start of the month, as revealed by ESPN FC.
Perhaps in reaction to the news that Di Maria will not be joining PSG from Real Madrid, another name has been linked with a move to the French capital. According to De Telegraaf (h/t Peter McVitie of Benefoot's tweet), les Parisiens have seen a bid for PSV Eindhoven's Dutch FIFA World Cup star Georginio Wijnaldum rebuffed.
However, the offer has reportedly been rejected by the Eredivisie side as they want to keep the talented 23-year-old for at least one more season.
One option for PSG—in order to bring someone in before the end of the transfer window—is to allow one or two fringe players to leave the Parc des Princes this summer to create some potential space on the wage bill for the creative presence that the team badly needs at present.
One of the most likely to leave the French capital this summer is Chantome.
According to Sport Mediaset (h/t this tweet from ESPN FC's Ian Holyman), the 26-year-old Frenchman is attracting interest from Sevilla, Everton and Olympiacos. Along with Rabiot—another PSG youth academy graduate—Chantome could be on his way out inside the next week.
Angel Di Maria
With Di Maria now a Manchester United player, PSG will need to enter the market again if they feel that they still need a creative wide player as the interest in the Argentine suggested. According to The Independent's Tom Sheen though, Blanc had counted his side out of the running before the news of Di Maria's move to Old Trafford emerged.
However, Les Parisiens' performance in the drab 0-0 draw away at Evian Thonon Gaillard last Friday suggests that Le President will put more pressure on the French champions to rearrange their squad in order to give him enough freedom to bring in one more player.
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