PSG Transfer News: Latest Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria January Exit Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2017

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 25: Julian Draxler of PSG is replacing Angel Di Maria during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and AS Saint-Etienne (ASSE) at Parc des Princes on August 25, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly going to be sellers in the January transfer window, with star wingers Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria on offer.

That's according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo (h/t Metro), one of the publications that pushed links between the latter and Barcelona the most during the summer.

According to the Catalans, Lucas Moura, Kevin Trapp and Javier Pastore will also be available, as they are all no longer needed by manager Unai Emery.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Julian Draxler of PSG during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic Glasgow and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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The firesale would come after a summer in which Les Parisiens landed both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe―the latter on loan from AS Monaco―and amid an investigation by UEFA into those deals, per the report. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi isn't worried, however:

"We are very confident. UEFA can do as it wants, nothing is hidden.

"We welcome UEFA in our offices with great pleasure. We are very transparent.

"The most important thing is to work for our project, for the club. We respect all the regulations. If some clubs are not happy, that's not our problem.

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"I do not want to go into the details of financial fair play, I do not want to explain how we're going to get money back, how we want to sell."

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 25: Angel Di Maria of PSG during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and AS Saint-Etienne (ASSE) at Parc des Princes on August 25, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Draxler, in particular, was linked with a move away from the French capital throughout the summer, as many wondered how he and Neymar would coexist on the pitch. Emery has played the two together, but with Lucas and Di Maria also in the squad, there are too many options up front.

Out of the group, Draxler seems least likely to move. The Germany international has been a hit since joining in January and has only been in Paris less than a year. Les Parisiens are unlikely to let him walk already, especially after the fantastic summer he had with the national team.

Lucas' role has grown smaller significantly in Paris the last two years, while Di Maria has played plenty of minutes so far this season. That could change once Draxler is completely fit, though―his campaign started late after the FIFA Confederations Cup.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Goalkeeper of PSG Kevin Trapp before the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic Glasgow and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Trapp hasn't become the elite stopper PSG had hoped for since he moved to Ligue 1 and, with Alphonse Areola also at the club, has become expendable.

The key to all these potential sales will be the value. Perhaps even Draxler would be available if a club such as Arsenal―who were mentioned as a possible destination―made a significant offer that was too good to pass up.

The trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani appears to have the inside track to start the majority of PSG's matches, and with so many additional options off the bench, Les Parisiens can afford to sell one or two stars.