I have said it so many times! Paris Saint-Germain needs another striker. The reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic has clouded the obvious need for another man up top to take the burden off the big Swede and Edinson Cavani.
It is all well and good having two of the most renowned strikers in world football within your squad but there comes a time when common sense is needed. Ibra is at the age of 33 where his recent injury problems are hindering his performances. Cavani has stepped in and been left to take the burden but even when both have been in the same team, it leaves no recognised striker on the bench. On top of that, Cavani’s recent suspension had not helped matters. Nor when we took on Bordeaux last October without either the Matador or Ibra which left us with no recognised striker at all! Jean Christophe-Bahebeck was left to take the mantle up top by himself but was replaced early on after Gregory Van der Wiel was sent off. Thankfully, the penny may have finally dropped and the club have apparently cast their beady eye on Palermo hot-shot Paulo Dybala.
Serie A has been like a conveyor belt for Les Parisiens ever since the QSI takeover in the summer of 2011. The vast majority of our dealing have involved Italian clubs. Jeremy Menez, Salvatore Sirigu, Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta to name a few. Let alone the club record fee paid to Napoli for Cavani in 2013. And according to Tuttosport, PSG sent scouts over to Sicily last weekend to watch the 21-year-old Argentine striker Dybala against AS Roma. He did not disappoint either as he scored within the first two minutes in a 1-1 draw. He has already netted 10 goals in the league this season and accumulated seven assists.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini dubbed him as the ‘new’ Sergio Aguero when he signed in 2012. He certainly believes the valuation is similar to that of Dybala’s compatriot by valuing him at “more than €40m”. Zamparini is also resigned to the fact that the Rosanero will have to reluctantly let him go if a big offer arises. He said; “Dybala? For the price he is worth, he will not stay in Italy. His salary cannot be supported by Italian clubs”.
We have a distinct affiliation with the Sicilians having bought a number of their players. Pastore, Sirigu; and even though Cavani arrived from Naples, he made his name at the Stadio Renza Barbera. There is no way Les Parisiens could make a move for him in this window but according to reports in Italy, the Ligue 1 champions are considering a summer swoop.
If the logistics are right, then the club will pursue it. Dybala is at an age where he can develop – just like Verratti has for example. With Zlatan perhaps set to embark on his final season at the club for 2015/16, we need to prepare for that eventuality. Replacing someone who has been such a catalyst will perhaps be the biggest challenge for QSI since taking over. By preparing now – and it seems the club is doing so by scouting the likes of Dybala – it will stand us in good stead.