It is clear to many that Paris Saint Germain need to change something in the coming weeks, and there is no better way to do that than bringing in some big names in the January transfer window. Extra motivation is needed in the capital and it is very likely that Emery and the owners: QSI (Qatar Sports Investment) will look to splash the cash in order to have any chance of replicating previous domestic successes and to possibly go further in Europe.
Below I go through five big and realistic transfer targets for the French champions. Explaining why they would make an impact in Paris and giving the rumour a final rating out of five, with five being certain to happen and one being extremely unlikely. So here we go…
A couple of season ago when Draxler was playing at FC Schalke 04 many dubbed him as one of the next superstars in the world of football. However, things haven’t gone completely as he would have planned. Draxler had a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and his move to Wolfsburg hasn’t been too impressive either. Despite this the German has still got a decent reputation in Europe and had a respectable Euro 2016 campaign with Germany, in which he scored in the Round of 16 against Slovakia and played the majority of Germany’s matches.
Draxler would be a great signing for Paris Saint Germain at this moment in time. Under Emery PSG have lacked much of a threat up front and their attacking has been very inefficient. But Draxler could help this and reports from near the player and the clubs are reporting that Draxler is in the process of joing Paris Saint Germain ahead of English sides Liverpool and Arsenal.
The German is very gifted and his intelligence alongside his great technique could really benefit PSG. According to the papers, Paris and Wolfsburg have agreed a €36m deal for the German who could either fit into the front three for Paris or play in the CAM role in Emery’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Possibly the most exiting addition to this list. The Frenchman has incredible talent which he has not been able to produce regularly this season in a struggling West Ham United team. The forward has certainly shown his talents over the last 12 months with some incredible goals in the Premier League and his standout performances in the Euros which took France all the way through to the final. Furthermore, Payet is nearly 30 and will be looking for one more big move before his time is up. And in all likeliness PSG is the biggest he is going to get!
However, Dimitri Payet is not getting any younger and, despite his amazing qualities, in my opinion he is very similar to Hatem Ben Arfa and we know that that move hasn’t worked out perfectly. That said, West Ham refused to cash in on him in the summer and it is likely that Paris will could offer between €30-€50m for Payet in January if QSI are interested. Possibly making him a really nice inclusion to the Paris team.
Virgil Van Djik
PSG’s attack has been raved about during the past couple of season with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani taking centre stage. However, during these campaigns the defence has been just as good, if not better than the attack. But in review of the last couple of weeks, the defence has been complete shambles. No communication and a lack of organisation has been their downfall against EA Guingamp and Montpellier.
So step forward one of the most raved about young defenders in the game, Virgil Van Djik. The Dutch defender has been the key part in one of the best defences in England that has kept seven clean sheets in the Premier league and the Europa League. Only league leaders Chelsea have kept more clean sheets than Southampton and Van Djik has got all the applaud for that and rightly so.
He’s a born centre back; quick and pacy and most importantly he’s a leader of men at the young age of 25. Bids will come fast for the Dutch defender but not many teams will be more suited for him than Paris Saint Germain. With their European aspirations and money to offer, the club and the player may find it hard to turn down a move to Paris.
Verdict: 2/5 – With other clubs in for Van Djik, he may go somewhere else and if he does move to Paris, perhaps its more likely to be in the summer.
The South Korean has had a excellent season so far compared to his other campaigns at Tottenham and is now seen as a prime target for Paris Saint Germain. I has become clear that PSG are lacking depth up front. Only the young Jean Kevin Augustin and the out of form Jese Rodriquez have been used as a back up to the main man Edinson Cavani and if Paris have any realistic aspirations of getting far into the Champions League and launching a strong title charge in the second half of the season, this is an area they need to improve. And certainly Son Heung-min is a strong candidate to improve this area for Paris Saint Germain.
His versatility is a desirable aspect of his play too. Son can play effectively in many forward positions including: up top as a striker, in behind the forward in a No.10 role or on either wing. This certainly gives Emery more options in order to push his players and Son is very reliable off the bench as he has shown throughout his time at Spurs.
Similarly to Julian Draxler, Paris are chasing another one of their summer targets in Philippe Coutinho, and no wonder when watching him this season! Before getting injured exactly one month ago, the man nicknamed the Magician by Liverpool supporters had scored 5 goals and bagged 5 assists for his teammates, sending his side right to the top end of the table. So no wonder why PSG fans might be feeling upbeat about the interest towards the Brazilian.
However, the brilliant form has also caught the eye of other European club such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona who are reportedly also interested in his services but I believe that it is unlikely that Liverpool will let their man go. According to different reports, PSG are preparing £40m bid for Coutinho though it is more likely that PSG may get their man in the summer rather than January, but the introduction of Coutinho in Paris will defiantly give PSG the edge over their title rivals and that is probably the reason that they will put in extra effort in January to beat Barcelona to the Brazilian.