Whilst most French football fans bask in the afterglow of Monaco winning the league and ending the capital side’s dominant rule of Ligue 1, Les Parisiens have been left in an unfamiliar situation of playing catch up this summer. Coming off the back of a toothless 2016/17 campaign, a lot of work needs to be made on and off the pitch at Paris Saint Germain in their quest to regain domestic dominance and challenge on a European stage.
Big signings will have to be made; dead wood will need to be shipped out this summer and keeping big names will be a must if PSG want to keep their high ambitions and dreams in tact for the coming years in the capital.
Below I break down what is in store for PSG and how this summer can put PSG back on the road of success next season…
Coming to the capital?
Transfer rumours have been at a plenty so far for PSG, but nobody has put pen to paper thus far in the capital. Many big names are still up in the air but despite heavy rumours surrounding the signing of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabon international is very unlikey to be joining the club. Former sporting director Patrick Kluivert was said to be very interted in Aubameyang but Henrique is not so keen, nor is owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and Emery is relured in moving to a 4-4-2 formation – meaning the move is off the table.
Big money moves have been at the heart of PSG since the take over of the Qatari Sports Investment in 2011. World class players have been brought in every summer such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Edinson Cavani , Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria but none would be bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo.
The signing of the Ronaldo is still very much a speculation. The man labelled the ‘Best player in the world’ could just be putting pressure on Real Madrid to get him a new contract or opposing Spain over his tax accusations; but if he were to leave Real Madrid then Paris could be the perfect destination. CR7 will be looking for a fresh challenge and PSG need a significant signing to re-establish domestic glory and thrive to “Dream Bigger” in Europe.
Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t the only player PSG have been linked over a possible big money move this coming summer. AS Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has been the prospect on everyone’s lips this year and PSG could challenge other heavyweights such as Arsenal and Real Madrid for an extraordinary £100m move. Other possible signings include: AC Milan 18 year-old keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma; Jean Michael Seri from Nice and Emery has stated his intentions bolstering the Paris defence with a Left back in place of the unreliable Layvin Kurzawa and Pepe looks likely to join on a free from Real Madrid.
On there way out?
Hatem Ben Arfa got his dream signing last year in joining his boyhood club after a very successful season with Nice in Ligue 1 – but his time at PSG has been far from a success. The Frenchman has been feeding from scraps during the second half of the season, getting very few starts and being left out of the match day squad on many occasions. Therefore this summer will mark the end of a very unaspiring spell for the 30 year-old in the capital.
Last summers signings have come under a lot of scrutiny from Les Parisien supporters, and along with Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak’s PSG career has been equally disappointing and should be shipped out alongside Spaniard Jese Rodriquez who spent the second half of the season out on loan at Las Palmas. Long serving goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu – who also spent last year out on loan in Spain – got his move away from France this week as he joined Torino on a permanent deal.
The biggest talk surrounding the club at this moment in time is the departure of Marco Verratti. The Italian is known to be very interested in joining Barcelona, with talks of him possibly forcing a move to the Spanish giants. Nonetheless Paris are against selling the Italian this summer, according to former Sporting director Patrick Kluivert who stated he cannot see PSG selling Verratti for any price. Verratti isn’t the only big name in the club who could be leaving. Blaise Matuidi is also “Listening to other clubs” this summer in his quest for a new challenge.
PSG are once again competing in the International Champions Cup in America this summer. Paris have been very successful in this competition, beating Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Leicester City comfortably last year on their way to their second victory in as many years.
This year Emery’s men go up against AS Roma in Detroit on the 20th July to kick off their ICC campaign. Premier League runners up Tottenham Hotspur are next on the agenda in Orlando before facing Juventus in late July as they hope to retain the friendly tournament once again.
Les Parisiens then have a huge match up in the Trophee Des Champions with French champions AS Monaco in Morocco this year before they start their 2017/18 league campaign at home to newly promoted Amiens – a much nicer opening fixture compared to their bitter away trip to Bastia last season.
In general its a very hectic summer for Paris Saint Germain as they wish to build on their summer successes from previous seasons and re-establish their dominance in France going into a make or break second season in charge for Unai Emery,