Mercato – Ligue 1 / Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Layvin Kurzawa: the great devalued PSG

Neymar

  • The cost of his transfer to PSG: €222 million (in 2017)
  • The prize that Paris could get today: €60 million. All Neymar he is, his age (30 years) and his physical frailty can only bring this amount down.

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  • Dry devaluation: €162 million

How did it get this far?

When he arrived in Paris, in the humidity of an August 2017 that we remember, Neymar was a planetary star and at the same time one of the top three players in the world, along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Five years later, the Brazilian still enjoys undeniable fame. But on the pitch, his flashes of genius and his ability to change the course of a match became rare, blamed on recurring injuries. Moreover, he is no longer the only one who takes center stage, where Messi and especially Kylian Mbappe have taken a decent place.

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Who could Paris sell it to?

To those who would have the means to maintain his fantastic salary, and there aren’t many. Chelsea, Manchester United (if CR7) leaves or Newcastle and its new owners could be among the contenders. Challenged by Nasser al-Khelaïfi’s recent statements, the “Ney” would not be closed to a departure. Yet it is hard to imagine that he will leave the capital a few months before the World Cup.

Mauro Icardi

  • The cost of his transfer to PSG: €50 million (in 2020, let after one season)
  • The prize that Paris could get today: A paying loan. PSG can hardly hope for better in the short term.
  • Dry devaluation: €50 million

How did it get this far?

Mauro Icardi was extremely effective against goal during his first season in Paris (20 goals in all competitions). But since the announcement of his final transfer, the Argentinian has gradually lost his balance. Spooky on the lawn, flawed in the last gesture, the former Interist is more talked about for his couple stories, exposed on social networks. Mentally and physically he finished the season in a free-running state. So much so that you wonder where the world-class No. 9 he once was has gone.

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Who could Paris sell it to?

Under contract until 2024 and with a monthly salary of 800,000 euros, the Rosario native is one of the players who will exfiltrate as a priority this summer. However, it must be recognized that the suitors do not crowd and the offers are rare on the desks of the Paris leaders… Besides offering loans without option to buy, the Gazzetta dello Sport† A Serie A team, of which Icardi still has fond memories, can try its luck in the summer.

Layvin Kurzawa

  • The cost of his transfer to PSG: €25 million (in 2015)
  • The prize that Paris could get today: €0. He’s only played nine minutes this season, and that was in the Champions Trophy…
  • Dry devaluation: €25 million

How did it get this far?

Allegory of Decay. Layvin Kurzawa was recruited in 2015 to play the role of understudy to Maxwell and initially lived up to expectations. However, he never knew how to establish himself as a starter and gradually declined, irritating the supporters with his defensive generosity and insufficient attacking contribution. The French international even completely disappeared from radar screens in the 2021-2022 financial year, which he put in the closet.

Gueye, Navas, Kurzawa

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Who could Paris sell it to?

Truth be told, we still wonder why PSG extended – and increased – in 2020, when the quality of its performance was already more than questionable. The ex-Monegask was in the crosshairs of several renowned European teams at the time, including Inter Milan. If he kept his contract in the City of Light for a long time, the 29-year-old left wing would have finally realized he had to leave. It remains to be seen which club will try to revive a player coming off a white season.

Julian Draxler

  • The cost of his transfer to PSG: €36 million (in 2017)
  • The prize that Paris could get today: €15 million. In any case, it’s hard to see a club offer much more.
  • Dry devaluation: €21 million

How did it get this far?

Julian Draxler was recruited in January 2017 and had a successful start, in line with his good performance at Wolfsburg. The German was quick to secure a spot in the rotation, coming in regularly throughout the match. However, competition in the attacking sector has increased and the winger has seen his playing time melt away over the past three seasons. In 2021-22, he only made 18 appearances in Ligue 1. By showing himself too little.

Julian Draxler

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Who could Paris sell it to?

If he has never hidden that he loved the capital very much, the 28-year-old knows full well that he must change his tone to keep a chance of appearing in the German roster in Qatar. According to TMW, the 2014 world champion would also like to return to the Bundesliga, while the Gazzetta dello Sport has reported interest from AC Milan. However, his salary can be a drag in the negotiations.

Thilo Kehrer

  • The cost of his transfer to PSG: €37 million (in 2018)
  • The prize that Paris could get today: €20 million. Because it is only 25 years old and still has a low rating in the market.
  • Dry devaluation: €17 million

How did it get this far?

It was a reinforcement stamped Thomas Tuchel. Landed with a tag of promising defender, however, Thilo Kehrer didn’t know how to make his hole in the Paris rearguard. Despite himself, his name will remain associated with the shipwreck he suffered against Manchester United, in which he struggled particularly. Aligned sometimes hinged, sometimes to the right, it never completely disappeared. But never convinced.

Who could Paris sell it to?

By the end of the transfer window, offers should be made for the three-time champion of France, who, unlike his compatriot Draxler, was still called up to the German squad despite his difficulties at the club. AC Milan would also be on site. However, last March, Sky Sport Germany announced that Kehrer intended to complete his contract with PSG, i.e. in June 2023. His leaders probably don’t hear it that way.

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