If you were wondering why 1970 PSG has been quiet for the last few weeks, I have had the pleasure of touring the East Coast of the United States. But, normal service has resumed and 1970 PSG is back in action and my return could not be timelier. UEFA lifted the FFP sanctions against the club. We are about to make our first signing of the summer. And the first-team returned to pre-season training yesterday despite an array of talent missing due to international commitments.
Nevertheless, the new season only looms around the corner and you know after the North American tour that the opening game away to Lille will be here before we know it. There is plenty of work to be done before then of course both on and off the pitch. Laurent Blanc will be keen for another successful training period after the success in Marrakech during last season’s winter break. That was pivotal in the player’s showing that incredible form towards the final quarter of the campaign and made history by winning the domestic treble! Quadruple if you count the Trophee des Champions.
The lifting of the FFP sanctions by UEFA is huge for the football club! This now gives us the capability to be far more active in the transfer window. Also having a full 25-man squad eligible for the forthcoming Champions League season is a welcome boost. President Nasser Al-Khelaifi was buoyant with the news and released a statement on the club’s Official Site; “After spending so much time on this issue, we are pleased with this fair and constructive decision that will allow the Club to resume its development. We are now in a capacity to move on the transfer market that started on 9 June. It is good for European football”.
But who would have thought that our first signing would be a goalkeeper? Well, Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt has undergone a medical today and is set to become our first recruit of the summer. The 25-year-old is highly regarded as one of Germany’s bright prospects – although he has a monumental task to dislodge Manuel Neuer as the German number one anytime soon – but a move to PSG is massive for his development.
The fee is believed to be around €8-10m which for a goalkeeper of his ilk is a snip!
It does beg the question about the future of Salvatore Sirigu. Trapp is not coming to play second fiddle; he wants to be number one. Sirigu may not have had the season of previous gone by but he is still one of Europe’s most solid stoppers. Nicolas Douchez was key in our success as well in the cup competitions and he is not going to stand idly by in the pecking order as the club’s number three (assuming Sirigu remained at the club). So this will be interesting to see how this pans out over the next few weeks.
Nevertheless, PSG’s season can start now and Trapp will be the first of around 4-6 signings you feel; depending on departures.