Amidst the ongoing Kylian Mbappe saga that consistently dominates the news cycle at Paris Saint-Germain, filled with contradicting statements, leaks, and a flurry of information, the club is also actively making preparations for the upcoming season alongside the rest of the squad.
Under the guidance of Luis Enrique, PSG is presently engaged in a squad rejuvenation process as they aim to refresh their team composition.
PSG has wasted no time in making significant announcements this week, confirming the acquisitions of Manuel Ugarte, Milan Skriniar, and Marco Asensio. Furthermore, it appears highly likely that Lucas Hernandez, Cher Ndour, and Kang-in Lee will soon join the club as well.
Nevertheless, in order to accommodate these incoming signings, PSG finds themselves in the position of needing to offload some of their current players. According to reports from L’Équipe, club advisor Luis Campos, in conjunction with the Spanish coach, will notify 12 footballers by Monday that they are not part of the team’s plans for the upcoming season. This advance notice allows the players ample time to seek new opportunities elsewhere.
The primary objective is crystal clear: PSG aims to ensure that these players do not join the team for the upcoming tour of Japan, scheduled for July 22.
PSG’s transfer window : The 12 Footballers Available for Sale
- Keylor Navas
- Juan Bernat
- Mauro Icardi
- El Chadaille Bitshiabu
- Timothée Pembélé
The abundance of players available for transfer is a result of flawed transfer planning in recent years, as acknowledged by the current management at PSG.
The combination of inflated salaries and a decline in market value presents considerable obstacles for PSG in their efforts to offload this surplus of players.
High Wages Issue at PSG
High salaries present a significant obstacle for the potential departure of the first eight players on the list. Despite receiving offers, meeting the players’ financial demands would require substantial efforts from interested parties.
Navas, Icardi, Wijnaldum, Kurzawa, Paredes, and Dagba were all loaned out in the previous season. Among them, Navas’s situation is particularly problematic. Despite having only one year remaining on his contract, the Costa Rican goalkeeper expressed his desire to compete for a starting position following his loan spell at Nottingham Forest. However, Luis Enrique, PSG’s coach, prefers Navas’s departure to avoid any goalkeeping debates. The main stumbling block is Navas’s salary, as he earns 1 million euros per year at the age of 36.
Draxler, Icardi, Bernat, Paredes, and Kurzawa face similar situations, where their experience could bring valuable expertise to any team they join. Among this group, the Argentine midfielder Paredes is the most sought-after player, with clubs such as Atletico Madrid and Lazio expressing interest in him.
One standout case is Ekitike, who arrived last season as a signing requested by Mbappe. However, the Frenchman had a disappointing campaign, and German teams like Eintracht Frankfurt have shown interest in the 21-year-old player.
The departure operation at PSG is well underway, with everyone eagerly awaiting the resolution of the Mbappe saga.