Paris Saint-Germain pulled off a heist when the capital club convinced Xavi Simons to return. The 20-year-old had a fantastic 2022-23 season with PSV Eindhoven. As a result, the Ligue 1 giants had to act fast to secure the player, as PSV and other clubs had their eyes on him.
Transfer window specialist Fabrizio Romano notes that Manchester United was in pole position to snatch Simons this summer. Nonetheless, the Dutchman said yes to PSG’s project, and Paris activated the buy-back clause.
Manchester United’s interest in Simons doesn’t come as a surprise. Manager Erik ten Hag is likely in touch with how some of the top Dutch talents perform, whether in the Netherlands or abroad.
Securing the midfielder is one of the genius moves by PSG since he’s off to a hot start with RB Leipzig after the French side opted to loan him out so he could continue his development.
Simons has been directly involved in seven goals in his first four Bundesliga games (three goals, four assists). Additionally, this stat line has only been done by Paco Alcacer and Erling Haaland, who were involved in as many goals in their first four Bundesliga matches.
The young player will return next summer, and PSG hopes that Simons is ready to be the creative midfielder in the group.