The new football adviser to the capital club has the job done for him and there is no time to lose.
The appointment of football councilor Luis Campos at the heart of the Paris project kicks off a summer of work at PSG, which aims to rebuild around Kylian Mbappé, extended until 2025, and perhaps Zinedine Zidane, a structure capable of winning the title the most as soon as possible. Champions League.
Project N.1: with which trainer?
On the same day as the formalization of Campos’ arrival on Friday, Zinedine Zidane’s hypothesis began again, with many media outlets claiming that an agreement had been reached with “Zizou” to succeed Mauricio Pochettino. President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had promised a quick announcement about the coach, but a few weeks later, the coach’s name is not yet official.
Following the dismissal of sporting director Leonardo, changing coach seems the most logical decision for PSG, who want to review their sporting project. The Argentine, recruited by Leonardo, Campos’ predecessor, has not been convinced in a season and a half, and his remaining year of contract should not be an economic obstacle for “NAK”, determined to change everything . Booed by supporters, “Poche” nevertheless maintains support in the person of Mbappé, who claimed to have “a great relationship” with him.
Place N.2: Pogba’s dream
The midfielder is a weakness detected for several years at PSG, who does not find an effective partner to partner with the Italian Marco Verratti. Luis Campos, of recognized qualities as a recruiter, has no room for error in a sector where his predecessors Antero Henrique and Leonardo lost their bet, with Leandro Paredes and Georginio Wijnaldum. Paul Pogba, who has ended his lease at Manchester United, is free and is waiting for the call from Zidane, who has always been his idol, to join PSG, according to his entourage. He has a contract ready for Juventus of Turin, but “La Pioche” did not sign him, hoping for a signing from Paris and ZZ, if he became the coach.
Currently injured, the player is scheduled for a solidarity operation in Conakry, Guinea, his parents’ country, from June 20 to 22, and is preparing for the premiere of a documentary about him on June 17, in which he could announce his future club. Pogba was more of an idea of Leonardo, not necessarily Campos, who had another French international in mind, Aurélien Tchouaméni, but he chose Real Madrid.
Project N.3: hierarchies to be clarified
“The best player in the world is Kylian Mbappé“In the hierarchy, a year ago, the striker seemed to be behind Lionel Messi and Neymar. Today, PSG has lined up behind the Frenchman, and this could have consequences for the role of the Luis Campos has to find a place for everyone in a locker room known to his egos, which has already played tricks on his predecessors. Donnarumma, they want to stay while they are No. 1 next season – which means the departure of one of the two. “I think the club will take elections“He launched the Italian in mid-May in an interview with AFP. It will also be necessary to give rise to new stars, especially in attack where the far-right position is available after the departure of Angel Di Maria. The name Ousmane Dembélé, free of any contract at the end of June in Barcelona, often appears in the press.
Place N.4: degreasing mission
As a corollary of the previous mission, Campos will have to thin an inflated squad, a point at which Leonardo failed, despite the need to sell in a difficult financial period for PSG, which recorded losses of 225 million euros during 2020-2021. economic exercise .. After the departure of Di Maria, the club could sell other items that play little or nothing, such as midfielders Julian Draxler and Leandro Paredes or striker Mauro Icardi.
Goalkeeper Sergio Rico, defenders Abdou Diallo, Layvin Kurzawa and Colin Dagba, and even Idrissa Gueye in midfield could also pack their bags if there is enough supply. But selling is not easy, especially because of the high salaries in Paris where interested clubs have difficulty lining up, for players who appreciate the Parisian living environment. Al-Khelaïfi, however, promised, that will change.