Leonardo's return as sporting director has sparked something of a change in strategy for PSG in the transfer market this summer. Meet the new signings…
Strengthening the defensive sector and bringing in strong personalities were the priorities. Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye and Abdou Diallo's arrivals have achieved that.
Ander Herrera, out for up to a month with a calf injury, impressed in pre-season and the midfielder signed on a free from Manchester United told This is Paris: "I believe that football is a team sport so I only understand football from the team point of view. What I can bring to the club, first of all is a lot of work. I will try to be an example to everyone, to fight every day for the club, I'm going to give everything!"
Gueye: "I'm not scared to get stuck in"
Idrissa Gueye, long tracked by PSG, joined from Everton having helped Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations. The midfielder said: "I'm not scared to get stuck in. I always do my best to help my team win, if I have to defend, tackle or attack I'm ready to give my all and bring what I can to the team."
Abdou Diallo, the former Monaco centre-half, moved to the capital from PSG coach Thomas Tuchel's former club Borussia Dortmund. Diallo said: "Even though I'm very young, I've played in several clubs, in several leagues and in different countries. I'm used to integrating into a squad quite easily, so that won't be a problem. I can play in several positions, but really I'm a central defender. I don't have a problem helping out elsewhere, so I'm going to try and give as much as possible to the squad. When the coach calls on me, I'm going to have to stand up to be counted."
Further forward, Tuchel's varying tactical set-ups, twinned with PSG's busy schedule, pushed the club into signing another forward. Pablo Sarabia, one of the stars of La Liga last season, is in from Sevilla.
Adaptable Sarabia shining already
Sarabia has dazzled in pre-season and he said: "I'm left-footed and I like playing on the right wing, linking up with my team-mates and always look forwards, one of my strengths is to always try to adapt depending on the needs of the coach and the team."
Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka and Dutch defender Mitchel Bakker also arrived to add youth and depth to Tuchel's now impressively balanced squad.