All in all, Paris Saint-Germain’s dealing in the transfer window were modest. Just one departure and no incomings emphasised that the FFP sanctions last summer played a major part in our most barren January window for four years.
At the back of December it looked as if we were going to be in for a busy 30+ days. Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani’s no show at the winter training camp of Marrakech put their Parisian careers in serious doubt. A meeting between Laurent Blanc and sporting director Olivier Letang took place to draw up the plan of action which resulted in a two-game suspension and a fine for both players. The idea of moving one on was also discussed and it is believed to have been Lavezzi that LB wanted sold. The Argentine has a fractious relationship with Blanc and Le Parisien reported a few weeks back that the coach requested for the player to be moved on. If this is true or not, it is hard to say. But the club refused as they could not guarantee a replacement of equal quality due to the FFP sanctions.
This is what handicapped us in this window. The coach alluded to that in his pre-match presser yesterday ahead of the transfer deadline. Had those FFP sanctions not been dished out by UEFA last summer, would Lavezzi and Cavani still be PSG players? Who knows but I personally think Lavezzi would be playing his football in Italy or England now had they not been.
We were linked with a couple of names, predominantly Adnan Januzaj. His agent Dirk de Vriese revealed to Foot Mercato that Les Parisiens made an enquiry for the 19-year-old a few weeks back which was knocked back. It seems as if this was a contingency plan if El Pocho was to be moved on.
Then there was Emmanuel Adebayor. There was logic to this as there is a lack of cover up front. I must sound like a broken record but PSG do need another striker. Reports emanated last week from SKY Sports that we were in discussions with Tottenham Hotspur but nothing materialised.
So, after 15 years at the football club Clement Chantome departed for Bordeaux after a compensation settlement was agreed between the two clubs. It was out of CC and Adrien Rabiot as to who would leave the club. Rabiot looked certain for a move to Spurs on a short-term loan but the proposal from FCGB for Chantome made up the club’s mind. This suited Blanc too as he publically said the player should move on to get game time.