PSG Summer Transfer Deadline Tracker 2014: List of Moves and Rumours
The Ligue 1 transfer window is now closed and Paris Saint-Germain made just one move on deadline day, with youth academy graduate Hervin Ongenda joining fellow top-flight side SC Bastia.
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi had confirmed to Canal+ that there will be no incoming transfers after the French champions' 5-0 win over AS Saint-Etienne on Sunday (h/t Get French Football News).
Adrien Rabiot's anticipated move to AS Roma did not materialise, despite Al-Khelaifi's comments to Canal+ after the Saint-Etienne rout (h/t ESPN FC's Ben Gladwell), that PSG were in talks with both the Italians and another unnamed club regarding the talented young midfielder.
Clement Chantome remains at the club, as does Ezequiel Lavezzi, and no further reinforcements arrived in the French capital.
Here is a full and comprehensive summary of PSG’s summer business:
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), Romain Habran (Sochaux on season-long loan) and Hervin Ongenda (Bastia on season-long loan).
PSG transfer information last updated on September 1 using Ligue1.com’s transfer tracker.
Despite Brandao's head-butt on Thiago Motta recently souring PSG and Bastia's relationship, that was not enough to prevent the capital club from loaning out one of its brightest youth academy graduates before the transfer window slammed shut.
Per PSG.fr (in French) Ongenda joins the Corsicans on a season-long loan and will gain valuable first team experience with Claude Makelele's side. The 19-year-old has made the right choice in accepting the loan because his chances would have been limited had he stayed in the capital this campaign.
Despite being linked with a move away for most of the summer, Chantome has remained in Paris and will be a squad member at least until January. With Ongenda joining Bastia, the 26-year-old is a valuable home-grown talent to add to PSG's UEFA Champions League squad list.
According to Spanish sources (h/t the Express' David Wright), PSG's Marco Verratti was to snub interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in order to seal a move to Real Madrid. The fact that no specific source is mentioned alone made that move highly unlikely, but those sources being referred to may well have been AS' Joaquin Maroto (h/t Inside Spanish Football).
The Italian international has become a key player for the French champions since arriving and coach Laurent Blanc is a big fan of the diminutive 21-year-old. As recently as last Saturday, Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t David Amoyal) reported that Verratti had agreed a new contract at PSG.
Il Centro: Marco Verratti has agreed to sign a new contract at PSG. The Italian will extend his stay until 2019 & earn €4m per year.— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) September 1, 2014
Il Centro (h/t French Football Weekly's tweet), a newspaper local to the Azzurri star's native Pescara, provided the specifics of the new deal.
The Italian was not announced by Real Madrid before the deadline.
After a summer filled with speculation, PSG's Adrien Rabiot will not be leaving the club. The 19-year-old had been linked with both Roma and Arsenal, according to the Mirror's Alex Richards, but a move failed to materialise before the deadline.
The waifish teenager will remain a PSG player after Roma's final offer, per Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Enrico Passarella), went unanswered by the French giants. It is now suspected that the player will agree to move on a free transfer to Juventus in January.
Speculation around the 'keeper has been rife after it emerged that the 32-year-old had failed to hold on to his place in the Jose Mourinho's starting XI. However, Cech would be considered a major upgrade on current incumbent Salvatore Sirigu, though Laurent Blanc has little or no reason to feel dissatisfied with the Italian since his arrival.
Sky Sports News (h/t GFN France's tweet) are now no longer pursuing this possibility. That turned out to be correct, with no move being reported by the end of the deadline.