Ligue 1 – Paredes, Wijnaldum, Icardi … PSG’s 11 “undesirables” deciphered

Alphonse Areola joined West Ham for just over 9 million euros, OGC Nice exercised the option to buy Marcin Bulka (2 million euros), Colin Dagba joined Strasbourg on loan , Angel Di Maria went free, as did Xavi Simons. Little by little, Paris is carrying out a degreasing that flies on a large scale in this summer transfer market. But the most complex files are still far from being managed.

Saturday, The Parisian announced the list of eleven players that the club ille-de-France considered undesirable. A simple reading of the latter gives an idea of ​​the extent of the construction site.

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  • Abdou Diallo
  • Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe
  • Julian Draxler
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Ander Herrera
  • Mauro Icardi
  • Thilo Kehrer
  • Layvin Kurzawa
  • Leandro Paredes
  • Danilo Pereira
  • Georginio Wijnaldum

Some names commonly mentioned in the direction of the departures lately are missing, such as those of Presnel Kimpembe and Arnaud Kalimuendo. But the previous eleven are enough to create the debate. Thus, three categories can be identified.

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The first case he calls is that of Leandro Paredes. Whether among contract players or potential newcomers (Renato Sanches), the Argentine has a unique profile. His grit, his impact and his quality of play make him, on paper, a more than credible candidate in the 3-4-1-2 double pivot that Christophe Galtier should put. At least in an alternate role. Not to mention that he was, at the scale of last season, one of the best Parisian midfielders.

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A step down, in defense, the list seems too full, unless Paris has planned to sell … to buy again. Between Danilo Pereira, Thilo Kehrer and Abdou Diallo, PSG would do well to have at least one left. It would double the positions with the central alongside Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Milan Skriniar and El Chadaille Bitshiabu, if the latter is gradually integrated into the rotation, and if we take into account the arrival of the Slovak as registered. Danilo could be the winner, he who has a lower rating than his two teammates and has the advantage of being versatile.

Finally, there is also talk of the Wijnaldum case. The Dutchman was clearly one of the biggest failures of last season for his first season in Ligue 1. But it is enough to remember his performances with Liverpool to want to give him a second chance. Above all, there is the tactical aspect. In 2019, but not only, it was brilliant that he had occupied a number 10 spot in Ronald Koeman’s 3-4-1-2 in the national team. Effective captain in front of goal, Wijnaldum then made his great volume of play speak. In the capital, there is a lining place to occupy this position, behind Neymar or Messi.

Sportingly, there is no room for them anymore

Obviously, Paris needs to be degreased. We said above, at least two players between Danilo, Diallo and Kehrer have to leave the club, otherwise their playing time will be greatly reduced. And if you have to find a double for Achraf Hakimi on the right side after the departure of Colin Dagba, the French champion is more than well equipped on the left, with Nuno Mendes, Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa.

Or, in order, the headline, substitute and poster. The old Monegasque, in fact, has almost no chance of finding playing time. The inconsistency of his contract extension in 2020 for four seasons – and in full Covid – has been stressed enough. Now it’s about fixing that bug.

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But the most obstructed sector is undoubtedly the middle of the field. In the future Galtier system, there will only be two starting points left for the profiles of numbers 6 or 8. And therefore too pretentious, not to mention that Renato Sanches could follow Vitinha in the direction of arrivals, even if the Portuguese can. evolve higher.

Idrissa Gueye, Ander Herrera and Eric Junior Dina-Ebimbe are clearly too much. Especially if Paris wants to give playing time to the promising Warren Zaire-Emery (16), brilliant during the coronation of the French under-17 team in the European Championship, or even to Ayman Kari (17), who has just signed the his first professional contract. .

There would be room, but …

There is, finally, a very specific category. That of players whose profile could be useful for PSG next season … but who are too expensive compared to their performance. Julian Draxler and Mauro Icardi, not to mention them.

The case of German has been problematic for several years. At 28 he reminds us from time to time that he is still capable of lightning. But his contribution has become almost nil. The attacking midfielder has only played fifty Ligue 1 games in the last three seasons and is still a year away with two goals and two assists in all competitions. His profile would make sense as a substitute in support of the two attackers. But his fitness is totally out of date with his 562,000 euros a month.

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The Argentine had begun to ask questions from his second season in the capital, before becoming almost insoluble during last year, completed with five goals in 30 games in all competitions. Unworthy of what he had shown with Inter Milan in Serie A, then confirmed with Paris on his arrival. It’s simple, Icardi is one of only two resources behind Kylian Mbappé in a No. 9 profile, with Arnaud Kalimuendo. But it’s one of Leonardo’s big failures in the transfer market. With 800,000 euros a month, Paris has to get rid of and from Gianluca Scamacca to Hugo Ekitike to Robert Lewandowski, the ways explored to replace him are well identified. There won’t be many suitors …

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