Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, PSG

What will PSG do in the transfer market this summer?

What will PSG do in the transfer market this summer?

Publish on 05/26 at 12:44


Lionel Messi is out of contract, Martin Skriniar has confirmed he is arriving - Paris Saint-Germain are in for a busy transfer window this summer…

PSG are on the cusp of their ninth Ligue 1 Uber Eats title in 10 years, but with the UEFA Champions League continuing to elude them, changes could be afoot at the Parc des Princes. looks at some of the likely changes in personnel:




In the final third is where PSG might look most different next season compared to this. Although Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr. are variously linked to Real Madrid and the Premier League respectively, the most likely of the fabled 'MNM' front three to leave looks to be Messi.


The Argentine, who won the FIFA World Cup and his seventh Ballon d'Or whilst at PSG, is out of contract this summer. Barcelona have made no secret of their desire to bring him back to Camp Nou, whilst there is reportedly a big-money offer from Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia on the table.


Paris are unlikely to replace him like for like. A new central striker would allow Mbappé to line up in the deeper and wider positions he so covets, and Messi's departure makes space there.


Hugo Ekitike (three goals in 24 games) and Mauro Icardi (on loan at Galatasaray) are unlikely to be solutions there. Napoli's Victor Osimhen, who has fired his team to the Serie A title with a league-high 23 goals, would be a better fit, PSG Football Advisor Luis Campos previously brought the Nigerian to Lille. Eintracht Frankfurt's Randal Kolo Muani, Mbappé's France teammate, is another option.


Victor Osimhen, Lille  



Sergio Ramos, like Messi, is out of contract this summer, but unlike his former Clasico rival has made it clear that he wants to stay. Club captain Marquinhos, wanted by Chelsea, has signed a new contract until 2028, meanwhile.


But with Danilo Pereira a midfielder by trade - the Portuguese having been used on the left of a back three in recent months - another centre-back is required, and Inter Milan captain Martin Skriniar will be it - according to the player himself.


"Yes, it's true. I've signed for PSG," the defender told Slovakian outlet Futbolsfz. "I'm waiting for the agreement between clubs."


Going the other way could be Juan Bernat, given the emergence of Nuno Mendes in his position at left-back, whilst Bayern Munich's Lucas Hernandez can fill the Spoaniard's position and the one that would be Skriniar's at left centre-back. Hernandez is reportedly interested in a move, but Bayern, unlike Inter, are in a position to demand a significant fee.




Danilo freed up to play in midfield makes things particularly packed in that area for PSG, with Marco Verratti, Fabian Ruiz, Carlos Soler and Renato Sanches also on the books. Paris are understood to have joined the race to sign Manuel Ugarte from Sporting CP, and Sanches is perhaps the most likely to make way.


Juan Bernat, Renato Sanches, Marco Verratti, PSG


PSG also have some significant midfielders among their loan army of players, with Gini Wijnaldum and Leandro Paredes spending this season in Italy with Roma and Juventus respectively. Both could be used to raise funds.


The rise of Warren Zaïre-Emery puts further pressure on the aforementioned.


Other business


Gigio Donnarumma has displaced Keylor Navas as the undisputed No.1 at the Parc des Princes and his position is safe. Navas, on loan at Nottingham Forest this term, will be allowed to pursue other opportunities this summer, with Sergio Rico trusted as an understudy to the Italian.

As well as Icardi, Wijanldum and Paredes, Julian Draxler (Benfica), Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig) and Layvin Kurzawa (Fulham) are among those to have been loaned out this summer, and their days in the French capital look to be numbered.

Unless, of course, a new manager has other ideas. Christophe Galtier remains in situ, but Zinédine Zidane and José Mourinho are among those to have been linked with the role in recent weeks…

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