Mercato – Will Paris Saint-Germain finally recruit in Ligue 1?

The same routine returns at every start of the transfer window. PSG must find a way to sell its (too many) unwanted things while managing to cheaply expand a workforce with stars and some of the best players in the world. And before that, the capital club focused exclusively on the foreign market in recent seasons, with no systematic success, a fact that the Wijnaldum, Ramos and other Rafinhas are there to remind. With a new organizational chart taking shape, between the formalization of Luis Campos as football advisor and the agreement in principle reached with Zinedine Zidane, hopes of recruiting focused on Ligue 1 are reborn.

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Yet the French Championship has not been a favorite of the Paris club in recent history. As proof: PSG’s latest Ligue 1 signing is none other than Kylian Mbappé… signed in Summer 2017! Nothing since then. Or rather as a series of omissions of the most interesting prospects of the Ligue 1, all going abroad (Fabinho, F. Mendy, Koundé, Leao…). Sometimes even from the Parisian club itself (Nkunku, Diaby)!

Recently, the failures of Camavinga and Tchouaméni have confirmed another problem: even when PSG is interested in Ligue 1 talents, it encounters the desire of young people to go abroad, the financial atrocity of French clubs that logically want to take advantage of the power of Paris to push prices up and to fierce competition from rivals in Europe, who know that a PSG without the talents of the French Championship in its ranks is a weakened PSG.

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Because they have understood it well and have been using it in the transfer market for years. All major European companies first use their national network to expand their workforce. Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or even Juventus (which remains a major player in Europe despite the last two complicated seasons) have a solid foundation in their team-like players who have been trained at the club or recruited into their respective championships. Paris must and wants to do the same.

Multiple but complicated tracks

While the transfer window has just officially opened, five Ligue 1 names have already been linked with an arrival at PSG: Hugo Ekitike (Reims), Seko Fofana (Lens), Sven Botman (Lille), Lucas Paqueta and Malo Gusto ( Lyons). Hiring locally is one of the clear priorities of new Portuguese sporting director Luis Campos, and it also appears to have been a determining factor in the negotiations leading to Kylian Mbappe’s new contract with the French champions. Additional proof of the alleged validity of this “made in France” recruitment.

Malo Gusto and Lucas Paqueta, together in the PSG jersey next year?

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With all that said, it remains to be seen who can really join the Parisian ranks. Paqueta will not come, he who was Leonardo’s priority above all else, and Ekikike appears to have an agreement with Newcastle for a transfer of 46 million euros. Fofana, Botman and Gusto are less of a dream, but are affordable to PSG and no less appealing on paper than some of the foreign names suggested in transfer rumours. The change of course at PSG will be through these types of recruits, and even if a Ligue 1 recruitment necessarily involves some of the casting mistakes, not trying is a clear guarantee of failure.

In addition to the five names released in the press, other Ligue 1 talents can make PSG leaders think and grow with the capital club (Omari, Badiashile, Thuram, Merlin, etc.). The Skriniar rumor and the 50 million offered by PSG according to The Gazetta dello Sport come to confirm that PSG’s direction for the transfer window won’t change drastically in one summer either, but the hopes of finally seeing France’s champions move into the Ligue 1 market are real. The talent is there. Now it remains to find him and convince him to come and play with Mbappe, Messi and others.

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