PSG: Staying or Going? Part 1

After the PSG managerial debacle, which culminated in the rather handy appointment of ex-French national team boss Laurent Blanc, we look at who is likely to be convinced to stay and who may well be shown the door:

Marco Verratti:

Often linked with Real Madrid and a move back to home country Italy, it appears that due to an expected large pay rise culminating from current contract extension talks, the defensive midfielder will stay. Having only signed for Les Parisiens last summer, Verratti is better placed in the capital to gain as much game time at the appropriate level than anywhere else. It would be foolish of him to leave. Staying

Mamadou Sakho: 

One of France’s most promising centre-backs got very few minutes under manager Carlo Ancelotti, and wasn’t favoured by Blanc when he was head of the national team either. However, one of the ways in which Blanc can impress is by giving the French players in the squad a more prominent role next season than they had under Ancelotti. He is unlikely to overlook Sakho for next season, as Alex continues to age and his ability wanes. The looming monster that is AS Monaco have been linked with Sakho recently, but a conversation with Blanc and some quiet reassurances should do the trick. Staying. 

Jeremy Menez: 

The talented winger’s future remains under fire. Linked with Monaco and Italian clubs in the past, it would be all to easy for Menez to go somewhere he might feel more valued. That is just it, Menez is unlikely to take that easy option, he would rather fight for his place. However, the consistent brilliance of Lucas Moura in that right wing role gives Menez very little room to do so. A move is certainly not going to be a priority for the often sulky Frenchman, but if a big money offer comes his way, expect him to take it. Wavering. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 

The big man’s departure would obliterate all that PSG have created in the past 2 years. However, his super-agent Mino Raiola has reiterated time and time again that his client will remain at the club. Although you can never be sure with Ibra, one should believe his agent in this case. There is no other team in the world that can off him the wages he is currently earns. Staying

Thiago Silva:

The Spanish media have whipped up the Brazilian centre-back’s potential move to Barcelona into a frenzy. ‘Sport’ were claiming that the only player that Tito Villanova wants to sign this summer is in fact the Brazilian. Obviously any transfer is extremely unlikely, considering the fact that he is the captain of the team and that PSG would make any potential move extremely difficult. Some Spanish reports suggest that Les Parisiens would request for a fee close to €50m. Barcelona won’t succumb to threats like that. Staying.


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