Expert Predicts PSG Will Abandon Chase for Leeds United’s Versatile Defender

Recently, rumors circulated that Paris Saint-Germain expressed interest in acquiring Leeds United’s Pascal Struijk. However, one expert doesn’t believe that the capital club will be circling back on the defender.

Nuno Mendes has yet to play a game this 2023-24 season after he underwent surgery on a hamstring injury that will keep him out for four months.

As a result, CBS Sports’ Jonathan Johnson wrote in his latest PSG Talk column that the Ligue 1 side has to ponder acquiring a left-back this January transfer window.

Nonetheless, Johnson rules out the Parisians revisiting any interest in Struijk despite the Dutchman being able to play center-back and left-back. He notes that the arrival of Lucas Beraldo offsets the pursuit of the 24-year-old and believes PSG will pursue a different profile for a left-back.

“If Mendes is unable to recover in time to feature before the transfer window closes, expect PSG to activate one of their leads, with Leeds United’s Pascal Struijk, Stade Rennais’ Adrien Truffert, FC Nantes’ Quentin Merlin and Stade Brestois 29’s Bradley Locko all possibilities,” Johnson wrote.

“Struijk’s moment has likely passed with Beraldo arriving, given that the Leeds man was considered because of his ability to fill both roles, so Truffert, Merlin, and Locko are probably more likely targets now, but only if Mendes is not close to a return or suffers another setback.”

The demanding asking price also prompted Paris to shift focus to Beraldo. However, L’Equipe notes that the potential move for Struijk may progress in the upcoming months. Watching the development of this file heading into the summer will be interesting.

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