Transfers – League 1: Sale of Presnel Kimpembe, the next logical step but a questionable moment

The symphony of “Maestro Kimpembe” could no longer resonate in Princes Park. According to the information of the Team, the 2018 world champion, at the end of his contract in 2024, will not be retained in case there is a suitable offer. A start that -a priori- would not be so surprising as the signals sent by the center this season seemed to go in that direction … but that raises questions about the moment, between Christophe Galtier’s three-man defense and change. of club management.

Already last August, “Presko” began to wonder about his future at the club. Tired of the direct passes granted to certain players, of the clans that formed, deformed and reformed in the locker room, and of a hierarchy that did not understand, the French international wondered if it was not the time to try a new challenge. .


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Presnel Kimpembe, guilty against Leipzig

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Between air holes and ultimatum

The arrival of Sergio Ramos – finally inconclusive – had also called into question his plans in Paris. It’s been a season. Season marked by some difficulties for the central midfielder who found himself with big airbags, especially in the Champions League. But central thinking doesn’t seem to have evolved.

Some statements, including this one:Everyone knows my love for PSG and it’s mutual. I will turn 27 in August, it is a key moment in my career. I am waiting to know the future sports management in relation to the club project. It will be necessary to speak quite quickly“, pronounced on the sidelines of the last gathering of the blues, also had the effect of an ultimatum and were not appreciated or understood by management, especially by Luis Campos.

Presnel Kimpembe does not stop remembering his connection to the club: “Having gone from titi to headline at PSG? Very proud. Because I’ve done all my classes here, and being able to play with that t-shirt is a dream and an honor, especially when you come from academy. Here I learned everything. Wearing this shirt to every game is a great pride“, he confided to PSG TV at the end of June. An immense pride that is no longer enough for either the player or the club, especially because it can represent a significant market value two years after the end of his contract.

Presnel Kimpembe in action during PSG – OM / Ligue 1

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Really the right time?

More enough, but time questions. It is true that Luis Campos is trying to recruit Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan). But at a time when the club is trying to breathe new life into its project. “the end of the sequins“i”return to reality“Presented by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Presko was a serious standard-bearer. -bling of some of his companions.

It would have represented a solid pillar and relief for Christophe Galtier in the locker room but also in the game system he wants to put in place. The new PSG coach is seriously committed to a three-man defense, which means having a solid contingent of experienced central defenders. Kimpembe is one of them, and could still provide valuable services even if Skriniar arrived, especially because he knows this system. And hard to bet on Sergio Ramos, his physical condition remains too uncertain. The player will return from vacation on July 11th. Its future will not be decided before recovery.

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