Paris Saint-Germain’s Nuno Mendes is out four months after undergoing surgery on a hamstring injury in September. As a result, PSG will be in the market for a left-back when the January transfer window opens.
The capital club’s latest target to fill the need at left-back is another French player. According to Foot Mercato, FC Nantes’ Quentin Merlin is on the Ligue 1 side’s radar to provide more depth to the position, which only has Lucas Hernandez.
Merlin, who has won the Coupe de France with Nantes, has appeared in nine Ligue 1 matches and registered one assist. The 21-year-old is under contract with the French club until 2026 and has set the bar at €10 million for the fee.
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PSG has already obtained information from the player’s entourage for a possible transfer. However, the capital club does face competition for the defender. Foot Mercato reveals that Napoli and RB Leipzig have shown interest in Merlin.
If PSG feels the Frenchman is the right player, they’d have to move fast when the transfer window opens in January. For now, the report reveals no indication that the player will leave Nantes. Still, if there’s a bidding war for Merlin, that might change.