So the season has been over for just under two weeks and it is safe to say we are having withdrawal symptoms. What else are we supposed to do with our weekends? Well, with any off-season comes the daily rounds of transfer gossip which PSG are never shy to. But, rather than the emphasis being on players coming in it is more like the other way around.
As Le Parisien said earlier this week, the club is kind of in limbo in regards to recruitment. The lack of transparency with the FFP sanctions means we do not have a real vivid idea on what to spend. Instead, we need to focus on selling players before bringing in replacements. Serge Aurier has been our first piece of business for €12m and with slightly leaner restrictions this summer compared to last in terms of FFP, we should have at least €45m to spend.
But the club also feels let down by UEFA with president Michel Platini revealing last month that FFP rulings will be ‘eased’ which kind of contradicts the punishments dished out to the French champions as well as the likes of Manchester City. Again, more clarity needs to be given on this as it could turn out to be another sticky summer window for us.
Still, that has not disparaged the rumours and there are two names who have predominately been linked with moves away; Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Yohan Cabaye.
Zlatan has been strongly linked with a move back to Milan. Earlier in the week Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani spoke to the player about a possible move on the telephone last Tuesday. He then apparently met with his infamous agent Mino Raiola to discuss the matter even further.
It is no secret that Ibra and his family were extremely happy in Milan but with the club no longer in the dizzy realms of European football – instead finishing 10th in Serie A last season – this would be a bold call for a player who could finish his career in Europe on a high next summer with Le Parisiens. His contract will be up then, will no doubt finish as the club’s record goalscorer (succeeding Pauleta) and hopefully with a few more titles to his name. More will unravel on this in the coming weeks I am sure.
Someone who looks a foregone conclusion to leave is Yohan Cabaye. It has just not worked out for the man since he moved from Newcastle United in January 2014. Injuries, lack of playing time, zero confidence. It has all gone against the former Lille man who for the sake of his career should consider moving back to the Premier League. He was questioned by Infosport+ on his future and did not rule out a move away from the Parc des Princes.
This was then intensified in an interview with L’Equipe who asked him if he would like to stay in Paris and said; “Not really. I know that if I stay, whatever I’ll do, nothing will change. If there is an opportunity to go back to England, I hope everyone will be smart enough to do things well. But there could be other destinations”.
He is a shadow of the player who was without question one of the burning lights in the Premier League with the Toon Army. I believe he has been hampered by playing a much deeper role under Laurent Blanc which has hindered his abilities. Still, you would expect more from a player with bags of talent. Quite bluntly, the move to Paris was not good for him or the club. The likes of Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta and Blaise Matuidi will always be ahead of him in the pecking order and even David Luiz can partake in that deep lying midfield role when called upon.
Dutch right-back Gregory Van der Wiel has been overtaken by Serge Aurier in the number one starting berth and may seek pastures new. He has been courted by AS Roma and most recently Manchester United with the Daily Mail claiming manager Louis Van Gaal wants to bring in his compatriot.
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck has been touted for a move to Lazio according to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Adrien Rabiot’s no-show for the Coupe de France Final has put his future in serious doubt – again!
It is that time of year with rumours and speculation being rife but it appears as if the club will need to move players on before bringing anyone in. It is going to be an interesting few weeks you feel.