Paris Saint-Germain stars linked with January exit

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Paris Saint-Germain has made the perfect start to their Ligue 1 campaign. Five wins from five with tons of goals have led Unai Emery’s side to the top of the standings. The summer signings of  Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have shined thus far, alongside Edinson Cavani.PSG’s transfer window also earned a significant amount of money in transfer fees and player wages, through player sales. However, it looks as though the PSG board is prepared to sell more players. Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler have been linked with moves away from the club, among others.

Draxler was strongly linked with a move away in the summer, even after a fruitful first season in France. Angel, on the other hand, was linked with a late move to Barcelona. The move never panned out and he ended up staying in Paris.

Di Maria

The former Man Utd man and Draxler have been deemed surplus to requirements.

Di Maria, not the only Argentinian linked with exit

If reports from Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo are to be believed, the PSG no.11 isn’t the only Argentinian being put for sale by the club. Javier Pastore will also be put up for sale by the club. Aside from Pastore, Lucas Moura has also been linked with a January exit.

28-year-old Pastore has been at Paris ever since the club’s takeover by Nasser Al-Khelaifi in 2011. However, his Ligue 1 career has been affected by niggling injuries both short and long-term, which has affected his consistency levels. It looks as though Emery now considers him as surplus to requirements and is ready to sell him in the coming window.

PSG’s transfer window sale in January set to include German stars

Last season, Kevin Trapp was the club’s number one choice in goal. However, the emergence of Alphonse Areola has left the keeper on the fringes of the team. And along with Draxler, even Trapp seems close to leaving the club in the January window. Both Draxler and Trapp are players of immense quality, however, Emery feels they aren’t needed in his squad anymore.


Earlier in June, Trapp was linked with an exit from the club. However, he declared those rumors to be ‘untrue’, it remains to be seen where he’ll be playing come January. Draxler, on the other hand, has been a victim of the Neymar deal. The German has played alongside the star Brazilian and yet, it’s hard to imagine if he’ll stay if he’s left out of the team for a drawn-out period of time. He is currently out injured, which has led to more game time for the likes of Di Maria on the pitch.

Al-Khelaifi not worried by UEFA investigation on PSG’s transfer window

These multiple sales of big players at the club are believed to be a step taken towards UEFA’s investigation of PSG’s summer dealings. Club Chairman Al-Khelaifi isn’t too worried by the ongoing investigations.

He said,”The most important thing is to work for our project, for the club. We respect all the regulations. If some clubs are not happy, that’s not our problem.”

Di Maria

Al-Khelaifi has stated that he is confident and that the club has nothing to hide from UEFA

However, he refused to speak extensively about PSG’s dealings in the market and how they were going to earn the money back. He said,”I do not want to go into the details of the financial fair play, I do not want to explain how we’re going to get money back, how we want to sell.”

PSG host Olympique Lyon in the league tomorrow at the Parc Des-Princes, hoping to extend their perfect start.

Author’s take

When you think about the money that PSG has spent over the summer, it’s no wonder they’re going for such a full-scale clearout of players. The players mentioned in the above piece are quality players who would definitely be starters at other clubs, it’s just a question of them making the right move. PSG’s desperation to comply with FFP regulations may not be evideny by Al-Khelaifi’s comments, however, even he knows, he needs to make sure the club steers clear of UEFA’s investigations.

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