The 2016/17 season was the most underwhelming season in recent history for Paris Saint Germain as they ended up runners up in Ligue 1 to AS Monaco and crashed of the Champions League in the most embarrassing and humiliating fashion at the Camp Nou. As a result many fans believe that the cash needs to be splashed once again from high up in the club – and with the new sporting director Antero Henrique – some big names could be heading to the Paris this summer.
In this article I comment on some of those big player that have been linked with PSG and decide who can help reinstate success back into the capital next season.
Throughout the second half of the season scoring goals and Paris’ attacking display hasn’t been a huge problem for Unai Emery, but goal scoring was certainly a concern in during the periods where the team struggled and could only pick up one league win during December and a spark is often needed to turn bad results into wins.
Therefore Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be the answer for PSG. Other than Edinson Cavani Paris have few attacking options – especially with Guedes not given any good playing time and Jean Kevin Augustin seems to be forgotten about in the capital. The Gabon international has also just come off the back of his best Bundesliga season which consisted of 31 league goals which earned him his first golden boot in Germany, so Aubameyang certainly doesn’t lack goals or talent.
Despite that some fans believe that Aubameyang and PSG is not the best fit; with Cavani returning 49 goals from the central striker role and a proposed £61m move for Aubameyang will distrust El Matador’s form. If the deal goes through Unai Emery could move Aubameyang to the wing in a possession based 4-3-3 or interestingly adapt to a 4-4-2 formation which has been successful on the big stage.
However the 27 year-old striker will fit into the side, the signing of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will undoubtedly improve the side and the club would be stamping their authority and serious proposal to rebuild if the £61m deal was to go through.
Another player Paris Saint Germain have been seriously linked with over the past couple of weeks is the Nice midfielder Jean Seri. Nice have had an excellent past two seasons and Seri has been a key part of that success and there is no surprise that big clubs are reportedly interested in luring him away from south of France.
I believe that it is crucial that Emery and PSG attempt to secure his signature this summer. Seri’s all round game, work ethic and attacking and defensive ability too would improve any side in Europe and with loyal servant Blaise Matuidi unsure about his future at the club, Jean Michael Seri could be the perfect replacement at the age of 25.
The stats speak for themselves when it comes to Jean Michael Seri this season. Seri ended the season with 10 assists – only behind Morgan Samson and Thomas Lemar in Ligue 1 – and registered a pass accuracy of 90% and created 37 chances for his teammates last season with Nice.
Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Arsenal are also said to be interested in the Ivorian midfielder so Paris face some tough opposition if they wish to sign Seri this summer but out of this whole list of players, the signing of Seri could be the most pivotal for Les Parisiens in their attempt to regain control and superiority of Ligue 1.
The biggest question for PSG this summer is whether or not PSG can bring in a high profile signing to relaunch their fight for European glory – and Alexis Sanchez could be that man.
PSG hold the luxury of Champions League football over Arsenal going into the new season which, alongside the attraction of challenging for a league title, could lure the Chilean towards a move to Paris. It’s unlikely that a player of Sanchez’s ability would want to stay at a club in the Europa League, and nor will his services go unnoticed this summer – PSG would have to rival Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich if they wish to land this major signing.
Not only is Alexis Sanchez coming off the back of his most successful season in England last term – with 24 goals and 10 assists – Sanchez has just recently won back to back Copa America titles with Chile and his leadership, outstanding work ethic and versatility would reinvigorate Les Parisiens dream of Champions league glory and further domestic success.
Alfonse Areola has made it clear he may be leaving the capital this summer as Unai Emery looks to bring in a new Goalkeeper. It may be a bad move to force such a talented young goalkeeper out of the club but the move good pay off if Paris are to replace the Frenchman with a world class keeper like Jan Oblak.
The Slovenian has been Atletico Madrid’s number one for many seasons now and has shown his world class ability on the big stage time and time again – none better than his incredible triple save in the knockout stage of the Champions League last season. Jan Oblak would probably cost Les Parisiens around £50million but the 24 year-old would be the dream signing if Emery wishes to freshen things up in goal this summer.
If PSG are serious about bringing in a new man between the sticks for start of next season, they may also consider other options such as Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, despite his blunder for France recently, and could be tempted to join Paris for silverware in his home country. Young goalkeepers Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan’s 18 year-old wonderkid – or Alban Lafont who is making a considerable name for himself with Toulouse also at the age of 18 could also solve Emery’s problem in goal.
The final position which PSG need to bolster in the transfer window is in defence. Not only did PSG get humiliated by Barcelona earlier this year, the whole defence got exposed and embarrassed making it clear Emery needs to improve the back line.
One option I have picked out to replace Marquinhos in the centre of defence is Aymeric Laporte. Laporte has spent a number of seasons with Athletic Bilbao and at the young age of 23 has the reputation of one of the brightest prospects in Europe, and PSG could be the Frenchman’s step up in class.
If Emery decides to bring in Laporte it could possibly fill the void left behind by David Luiz left summer in the Paris defence and the future would certainly look bright for PSG in defence. Similarly, PSG have also seriously been linked with Real Madrid veteran Pepe who could also improve the Paris back in line considerably with his experience and winning mentality.