One of the criticisms levied on Paris Saint-Germain is their inability to use Ligue 1 to pick some of the best young, and French talent for themselves, much like Bayern Munich and Juventus do in their respective domestic leagues.
Juventus recently grabbed Federico Chiesa, Manuel Locatelli, and Dušan Vlahović to keep him in Italy. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich has netted talented players like Leon Goretzka, Marcel Sabitzer, and Dayot Upamecano.
These two clubs saw the talent these players had and did everything to acquire them. Les Parisiens have had trouble with this and grabbing some of the best players in Ligue 1, and some of it has been blamed on the “PSG Tax.”
However, during a segment on “Rothen s’enflamme,” French football pundit Mathieu Bodmer addressed the notion that the capital club needs to overpay to get some of the best talents in Ligue 1 as they’re currently linked to AS Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni.
“Tchouameni, there must not be a PSG tax and another for the other clubs! It is here the difficulty of the PSG. The problem is that if Monaco asks €50-million from Real Madrid and €120-million from PSG, at some point, it is normal that they go to Pogba and not Tchouameni for a financial question,” Bodmer said.
“This is where it is difficult for PSG to recruit in France because as soon as they arrive, the price is always X2 or even X3! If the player at the start the price is €10-million and it goes up to 20-25, ok that can be understood but if it’s more…”