It has been speculated in the last day or two that the Financial Fair Play ramifications that affected Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer dealings during the summer will not disrupt us again next year. This means the club will be fairly active as you would expect. One name that keeps cropping is that of Yacine Brahimi. The 24-year-old, who joined Portuguese giants FC Porto back in July, has been a breath of fresh air at the Estadio Dragao. So, with Ezequiel Lavezzi’s future in major doubt, could he be a potential replacement for the Argentine?
Well Lavezzi is heavily linked with a move to Internazionale. New coach Roberto Mancini is apparently a huge fan of ‘EL Pocho’ and sees him as an integral signing upon his rebuild of the 2010 European champions. If that is the case, PSG potentially see Brahimi as a more than worthy replacement.
He won the BBC African Player Of The Year at the beginning of the month, capping off a wonderful 12 months for him. He was one of the stars of the vibrant Algerian national team during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, even netting a goal against South Korea. His performances in Spain for Granada rewarded him with a move to Porto and the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League. He has lit that up too as he netted a hat-trick on matchday-one against Bate Borisov.
In total this season he has netted six goals and made four assists. Not bad for Porto’s newbie!
Will a move to Paris appeal? You bet. He was born and raised in the French capital and even Laurent Blanc praised the player recently. Brahimi responded to that by saying; “It is really flattering to receive praise from a great man like Laurent Blanc”.
Blanc alluded to the fact that the player has a hefty release clause in his contract – believed to be around €50m – but he did say you get what you pay for. And that is quality!
Watch this space.