Leonardo and his teams may well scramble to remove some players who have become undesirable, PSG is struggling when it comes to selling …
Asked in the heart of winter on the contours of the Paris transfer window, Leonardo had gone to a confession. “I admit that I am less good at sales”, he admitted then that the PSG was struggling – already – to downsize its workforce. “But, in my defense, no one is buying. Or much less than before ”, he had been careful to add. Six months have passed and the problem is complete for the club in the capital: it is still just as difficult to sell items that have become unwanted.
The vice-champions of France, however, have a pressing need to reduce their workforce. Consequence of the arrivals of Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos or Achraf Hakimi. Four reinforcements who were offered XXL emoluments and which therefore skyrocketed the club’s payroll. The departures desired by the Parisian leaders should therefore allow substantial savings in this area.
Loans, most often …
But PSG faces a problem that seems insoluble. Well paid, the Parisian players are in no hurry to leave and this despite the prospect of having to be content with a role of understudy. Because when they are decided to leave, their suitors cannot match their salary conditions in Paris. This encourages clubs to claim loans with partial payment of the salary.
The problem is not recent but has become more significant with the financial crisis caused by the pandemic. For several years, the best sales of the capital club have also concerned players trained at the club or arrived young in Paris and who have not signed a very advantageous contract (Guedes, Lo Celso). And this especially since the elements that PSG want to get rid of have not always been convincing in recent months like Layvin Kurzawa, Ander Herrera or Thilo Kerher. Unsurprisingly, the players most likely to leave are those who have proven themselves to their advantage like Pablo Sarabia or Leandro Paredes. But there again, their emoluments cool the enthusiasm.
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