Paris Saint-Germain will no doubt be busy when the transfer window opens with several key players on expiring contracts. Where the club will look to strengthen, though, has been somewhat of a mystery until now.
According to RMC Sport, PSG will prioritize three positions during the offseason: left-back, right-back, and midfielder.
This news shouldn’t be all that surprising to supporters. We’ve known for a while that Thomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa would leave at the end of the season and that Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, would need to bring in reinforcements at the left-back and right-back positions.
The report from the French outlet not only mentions that Leonardo would like to sign a midfielder but a tall midfielder. Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye, as talented as they might be, are vertically challenged.
Another position that may not be a priority but is one that Leonardo is actively searching for is a backup goalkeeper.
Sergio Rico will likely return to Sevilla FC after his loan and Marcin Bulka and Garisonne Innocent could be loaned to gain experience. Alphonse Areola will return from his season-long loan at Real Madrid but with Keylor Navas remaining as the first choice keeper, the Frenchman will be gone as soon as a decent offer comes in for him.
Not included in PSG’s priorities is a striker, which may hint to what the club intends to do with Mauro Icardi. The 27-year-old striker is on loan from Inter Milan but PSG has the option to buy him for €70 million.
By not naming a striker as a pressing need, could this indicate that the reigning French champions intend to sign Icardi to a permanent contract? Or, does it mean that Leonardo is preparing to offer Edinson Cavani (in the last year of his deal) a contract extension?
Another interesting omission is the center-back position. Thiago Silva is 35-years-old and his contract is another one that will expire at the end of the season. Will he get a one-year extension or does Thomas Tuchel feel confident moving forward with his current options?
Much is to be decided but for now, we just want football to return and for everyone to be safe.
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