Despite already blowing a cool £37million on Palermo’s Javier Pastore, a crazy £5 million on the somewhat unreliable David Luiz, and a whopping £55million on Uruguay’s Edison Cavani in recent seasons, Laurent Blanc’s Parisian giants look set to continue their spending spree this summer, but this time with the Premier League in their sights.
‘Qatar Sports Investments’, fronted by the ever public Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaifi, have shown clear intent when it comes to sourcing Europe’s very best talent, and as their dream of reaching Champions League glory with PSG is far from over, their willingness to get out the cheque-book looks set to continue.
Since the Ligue 1 side are yet to truly test the resolve of English clubs and their desire to keep a hold of their best talent, perhaps this summer will mark the perfect time for PSG to stake their claim. As high profile transfer deals rarely are a straight forward affair however, just which players could be on the move to Paris this summer, and who, if anyone, would suit Laurent Blanc’s star-studded side best?
The first name to raise an apparent interest from PSG comes in the form of Argentina and Manchester United forward, Angel Di Maria. The newly acquired World Cup finalist signed for Louis van Gaal’s expensive side for a mind-blowing £59million in the summer, and despite the inevitable excitement and sensation that came along with his arrival, the former Real Madrid man has simply failed to live up to his lofty price tag. Yes – injuries have played an unwanted role in Di Maria’s spell with United, but as four goals from 20 appearances is hardly the most impressive stat, the Old Trafford faithful will be left somewhat deflated by the Argentinian should he decide to leave in the summer.
Whether or not PSG actually need the rapid winger is another matter altogether however. Blanc already boasts the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura in his wide positions, so unless one of these South American talents will be forcibly moved on in order to free up space for Angel Di Maria, this move looks somewhat unlikely to take place.
A deal that would perhaps make more sense for the Ligue 1 giants would involve Yaya Toure, and Laurent Blanc’s reported interest in the Manchester City star. It has hardly been a vintage season for the Ivorian, but as the former Barcelona man remains a key element within Manuel Pellegrini’s expensive set-up, the Etihad faithful would nevertheless greatly miss Yaya Toure should he decide to move on. As Manchester City could well afford, a perhaps even better, replacement however, maybe this deal would ultimately suit all parties involved in the long run.
Whilst City are in the luxurious position of being able to spend their way out of trouble, the same can’t be said of Newcastle United and the distinct lack of investment that surrounds the Tyneside club. Moussa Sissoko, one of the only consistent shining lights for the Magpies this season, is yet another name to be linked with PSG in recent months, and as the proposed move would mark a clear step-up in the career of the French 25-year-old, perhaps Newcastle would be hard pushed to stop this deal eventually going through.
As Yohan Cabaye, another French talent who impressed during his time with Newcastle, has already displayed how dream moves back to Ligue 1 don’t always pay off however, perhaps Moussa Sissoko should be wary of PSG’s interest and the amount of game time he will likely receive at the club.
Ultimately PSG’s spending power makes them a threat to any club with rising talent, both in the Premier League and elsewhere in Europe. In today’s modern game, money sadly does most of the talking, and often takes a higher priority over club loyalty and the desires of the fans. As the Ligue 1 favourites have hardly proved to be experts in the transfer market recently however, a degree of caution should be taken in regards to any future deal the Parisian giants looks set to complete.