There’s been a lot of talk recently about how most clubs will struggle to complete any big-money deals in this summer’s transfer market – Paris Saint-Germain aren’t ‘most clubs’.
The Ligue 1 outfit are seemingly undeterred by the impact coronavirus has had on their finances and are pushing forward with their transfer business as though they’re funded by an entire state – very weird, we know.
Speculation of Mauricio Pochettino’s possible departure seems to have faded away recently, but regardless of who is in the hot seat PSG are going to be a forced to be reckoned with next season, and 90min have taken a look at how they could line up for the 2021/22 campaign…
GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma
First up on the list of new arrivals in Paris is Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Italy’s hero of Euro 2020 would walk into pretty much every team in the world, and while PSG have made a lot of great free signings this summer he’s definitely the pick of the bunch.
With Keylor Navas having recently signed a new deal it seems unlikely the Costa Rica international will be moving on, and if he does stay in the French capital PSG will have two quality goalkeepers on their books.
Despite Navas seemingly going nowhere, Donnarumma is still expected to be number one and he’s a quality addition.
RB: Achraf Hakimi
We told you they weren’t messing about in the market this summer.
One of the reported reasons Antonio Conte left Inter so soon after their Scudetto win was the club’s insistence on selling some of their biggest stars to generate cash, and Achraf Hakimi’s departure from San Siro suggests said reports were probably true.
PSG faced stiff competition from Chelsea for the Moroccan’s signature, but eventually they were able to thrash out a £60m deal and even for such an eye-watering fee he’s a brilliant buy.
While PSG have been linked with a whole host of defensive reinforcements, their first-choice central defensive options are very much settled.
Club captain Marquinhos suffered a number of injury problems last season, but when fit he’s an automatic starter and even if they do look to bolster their options he’ll remain one of the first names on the team sheet.
CB: Sergio Ramos
Next up on the list of quality free signings is Serio Ramos.
Admittedly the Spaniard’s fitness could be an issue after he spent the majority of his final months at Real watching from the sidelines, but if PSG can keep him fit he’s still a top-class defender.
Les Parisiens lost a wealth of experience when Thiago Silva left the club last summer, so what better way to replace him than with a four-time Champions League winner?
LB: Theo Hernandez
One of the problem areas in PSG’s squad was at full back and they’re well on their way to addressing them.
Theo Hernandez is another big name potentially on his way out of Milan this summer and PSG are in pole position to snap him up.
It remains to be seen whether Pochettino’s side will be able to reach a agreement with I Rossoneri having seen their first bid rejected, but you can guarantee PSG will try again given their need to strengthen and the quality Hernandez would bring.
CM: Georginio Wijnaldum
Seriously, are any of the 2020/21 squad getting a look-in?
PSG probably didn’t even want to sign Georginio Wijnaldum – they just did it to prove they can.
With the Dutchman having not penned a new deal at Liverpool he’s now officially been unveiled as a PSG player, and we can probably all agree it’s just funny to see Super League stars Barcelona get robbed of a player they looked nailed on to sign at the last minute.
CM: Marco Verratti
We’d like to celebrate the fact we’ve finally got another member of the 2020/21 squad in next season’s starting XI but even this one isn’t nailed on.
Chelsea are rumoured to be exploring the possibility of a move for Marco Verratti but in truth it seems highly unlikely Les Parisiens would let a player of his ability leave.
Expect Verratti to remain at the club as they look to win back their French crown.
CM: Paul Pogba
If PSG can sign Paul Pogba then Lille may as well hand their Ligue 1 title over now.
With the Manchester United midfielder reportedly rejecting the club’s offer of a £350,000-per-week contract, the Red Devils are ready to cut ties with the Frenchman to avoid running the risk of losing him for free next summer.
The news has alerted the attention of PSG and they’re ready to offer £45m for Pogba – £5m lower than United’s valuation but it could just be enough – and if they’re successful in their pursuit of Pogba he’d add even more quality to an already star-studded squad.
Admittedly the lack of an out-and-out defensive midfielder could be an issue against the top teams, but who doesn’t love a bit of ‘we’ll score more than you’ football?
RW: Angel Di Maria
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pochettino delve into the transfer market looking for a new right winger this summer.
At 33 Angel Di Maria’s definitely in the twilight of his career, but his stats from last season prove he can still cut it at the top level and having signed a one-year extension at PSG it seems they may be prioritising other positions before looking for his replacement.
ST: Kylian Mbappe
it seems Kylian Mbappe is destined to stay at PSG this summer with Real Madrid in financial ruin and subsequently unable to offer the sort of money it would take to tempt the French side into parting with him.
Whether the wonderkid will be a PSG player this time next year remains to be seen – with reports suggesting he intends to run down his contract before finally moving to Real – but for now he’s one of Pochettino’s main men.
Another man who’ll unquestionably be central in their efforts to win back the Lique 1 trophy.
Questions have been raised over Neymar’s future in Paris, but having put pen to paper on a new deal said rumours have disappeared.
He’ll no doubt be pining for a move back to Barcelona once again in the near future, but for now he’s staying at PSG.