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PSG set to execute major overhaul this summer

PSG ready to execute overhaul that could include three of Messi's closest friends

April 19, 2022 By Oscar Rojas
The French side could be crowned as Ligue 1 champions this Sunday, but the team's hierarchy is already planning their moves for next season.

PSG may be about to win their tenth all-time Ligue 1 crown, but the team's main goal is to win the UEFA Champions League, a title that has eluded them for quite some time. With that in mind, the French side is already thinking about their next moves, and some of their potential transfers could raise a few eyebrows among some of the most influential players within the squad.

According to reports by L'Equipe and Le Parisien, the French side is ready to let go of some of their most valuable players to fund what could be a major overhaul. Some of those players would see the end of their deals with Les Parisiens beyond next season, while others may help the club cash in on their moves via high-profile moves or by leaving a big chunk of salary cap available to hire new players.

The first one of those moves would involve none other than Sergio Ramos. The Spanish center back has not been able to fully recover from his physical problems, which may force the club to part ways with him this summer. The main problem for PSG to see this move through would be Ramos' wages, but if a club comes knocking on PSG's door, they will be keen on listening to any offers.

The second player to be shown the exit door is Angel Di María, although his case is a bit different. The Argentine player will be out of a contract this summer, and the club has already told the player they will not offer him a contract extension. Hence, the South American ace is already considering his options, with potential returns to Benfica (his first European club) or Rosario Central (his boyhood club) as alternatives to continue his career.

The next moves would also involve Argentine players, which would reduce the number of players from that country to one. Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi have been named as two players who will not continue with the French side, with Paredes' deal ending next season and Icardi's contract coming to an end in 2024. Both players will be up for grabs this summer for a permanent deal, but in case loan offers arrive, they will be considered.

Last, but not least, the final name included in PSG's transfer list might come as a surprise to most, as Neymar's time at Parc des Princes could come to an end. The team's hierarchy reportedly feels that Neymar has reached the pinnacle of his career, and his presence in the club is no longer guaranteed if a good offer came along. The main problem to let him go would be to find a team that is willing to pay him a figure that comes close to what he earns with the French side. 

As you can imagine, these moves would also have an effect on Lionel Messi's future with the club, since Paredes, Di María and Neymar are among those closest to Messi within the squad, and their exits could also see him thinking twice about his future in the French top-flight. Be that as it may, it will be an interesting summer for PSG fans across the globe, with a potential overhaul coming for the favorites to win the title this season.


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