Mercato – Will Paris Saint-Germain finally recruit in Ligue 1?

Mercato – Will Paris Saint-Germain finally recruit in Ligue 1?

At each start of the transfer window, the same routine returns. PSG must find a way to sell their (too many) undesirables, while managing to cheaply expand a squad filled with stars and some of the best players on the planet. And for that, the capital club has turned exclusively to the foreign market in recent seasons, without systematic success, a fact that the Wijnaldum, Ramos and other Rafinha are there to remind. With a new organizational chart taking shape, between the formalization of Luis Campos as football adviser and the agreement in principle reached with Zinédine Zidane, the hope of recruitment oriented towards Ligue 1 is reborn.

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But yet, the French championship has not been favored by the Parisian club in recent history. As proof, the latest recruit made by PSG from Ligue 1 is none other than Kylian Mbappé… attracted in the summer of 2017! Since then, nothing. Or rather if, a series of negligence on the most interesting prospects of Ligue 1, all gone abroad (Fabinho, F. Mendy, Koundé, Leao…). Sometimes even starting from the Parisian club itself (Nkunku, Diaby)!

Recently, the Camavinga and Tchouaméni failures confirm another problem: even when PSG is interested in Ligue 1 talents, it comes up against the desire of young people to go abroad, the ferocity of French clubs financially. who logically want to take advantage of the power of Paris to drive up prices, and to stiff competition from rivals in Europe, who know that a PSG without the talents of the French championship in its ranks is a weakened PSG.

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Because they have understood it well, and have been using it for years on the transfer market. All the major European companies first use their national network to expand their workforce. Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, or even Juventus (which remains a big player in Europe despite the last two complicated seasons) have a solid base in their team-type of players trained at the club or recruited in their respective championships . Paris must, and wants, to do the same.

Multiple but complicated tracks

While the transfer window has just officially opened, five names from Ligue 1 have already been associated with an arrival at PSG: Hugo Ekitike (Reims), Seko Fofana (Lens), Sven Botman (Lille), Lucas Paqueta and Malo Gusto (Lyon). Recruiting locally is one of the apparent priorities of new Portuguese sporting director Luis Campos, and it also seems to have been a determining factor in the negotiations leading to Kylian Mbappé’s new contract with the French champions. Additional proof of the supposed validity of this “made in France” recruitment.

Malo Gusto and Lucas Paqueta, together in the PSG jersey next year?

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Once all that said, remains to be seen who can really join the Parisian ranks. Paqueta will not come, he who was above all Leonardo’s priority, and Ekitike seems to have an agreement with Newcastle for a transfer of 46 million euros. Fofana, Botman and Gusto are less of a dream, but are affordable for PSG and no less attractive on paper than some of the foreigner’s names hinted at in transfer window rumours. The change of course at PSG will go through this kind of recruits, and even if a recruitment in Ligue 1 will inevitably have its share of casting errors, not trying is an obvious guarantee of non-success.

In addition to the five names released in the press, other Ligue 1 talents could make PSG leaders think and grow with the capital club (Omari, Badiashile, Thuram, Merlin, etc.). The Skriniar rumor and the 50 million offered by PSG according to The Gazetta dello Sport come to confirm that the transfer window direction of PSG will not change drastically in one summer either, but the hope of finally seeing the champions of France move towards the Ligue 1 market is real. The talent is there. It now remains to know how to find him, and convince him to come and play with Mbappé, Messi and others.

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