Ligue 1 champions PSG pushed 11 players with a total value of nearly $ 300 million to the summer 2022 transfer floor.
On July 5, many PSG first-team stars – including Lionel Messi and Neymar – returned to the army to prepare for the new season.
The Ligue 1 champions will travel to Japan in the next few days and play friendlies against Kawasaki on July 20, Utawa Reds on July 23 and Gamba Osaka on July 25.
Galtier will officially make his PSG debut in the French Super Cup match against Nantes on July 31.
According to Le Parisien, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum Who joined PSG last year, and the striker Mauro Icardi These are the top two stars on the club’s list of liquidations.
The duo are no longer in the plans of new coach Christophe Galtier, as PSG have recruited midfielder Vitinha for $ 42 million from Porto, and are preparing to buy striker Gianluca Scamacca for $ 52 million from Sassuolo.
In the summer of 2021, Wijnaldum refused to extend his contract with Liverpool to join PSG on a three-year contract with a season salary of $ 10 million.
Meanwhile, Icardi joined PSG on loan in 2019, and was bought out for $54 million a year later.
Central midfielder Leandro Paredes – a target for Man Utd, defender Thilo Kehrer and winger Julian Draxler are also on the list to be liquidated. PSG spent $35 million to get the services of each of these players.
The Ligue 1 champions also want to push away Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye and Layvin Kurzawa, who were brought in for $24 million. The other names are former Man Utd central midfielder Ander Herrera, defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira and youngster Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe.
The 11 players mentioned above cost PSG $ 285 million in transfer fees.
The liquidation of them has both helped the team streamline the force, reduce the load on the salary fund and recover some of the capital. The Ligue 1 champions also expect these players to leave in search of opportunities to play and participate in the 2022 World Cup.
Neymar He did not appear on PSG’s list of liquidations, although he couldn’t. rumors of a rift Relations with President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
In his debut press conference as PSG coach on July 5, Galtier also confirmed that he will keep the Brazilian striker.
On July 12, ESPN reported that Jorge Mendes’ agent had contacted PSG to offer to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. Mendes and Al-Khelaifi have a close relationship and the two sides negotiated directly this summer.
However, the PSG president refused to sign Ronaldo. Al-Khelaifi said that PSG did not have enough budget to pay the Portuguese superstar’ salary, and said that the club’s attack was enough people with the trio of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Ronaldo is also seen as unsuitable at the moment, as PSG enter a new era after renewing mbappe, sacking sporting director Leonardo and appointing Galtier to replace Mauricio Pochettino.