First day of rest this Sunday for the Parisians, back to training since last Monday. Medical tests, resumption of collective sessions, integrations of new children (Herrera, Sarabia, Bakker, Bulka) … The week was already busy for the staff of Thomas Tuchel at the camp of the Loges de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines).
Just like at the club's headquarters, in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), where Leonardo and the leaders whip to position themselves or conclude the hot summer issues. Even if everything remains dependent on the future of Neymar, back Monday in training.
The middle tracks
Always within the framework of a transfer window malin if it is not low-cost, the PSG works on two files for the position of the mid-ground so much sought: Idrissa Gueye and Tiémoué Bakayoko. The first is an old track Thomas Tuchel, who claims for months. The Senegalese international, currently involved in the African Cup of Nations and a semi-final against Tunisia Sunday night (18 hours), seemed close to Paris in January.
A track smothered by Antero Henrique, former sports director. Leonardo, who arrived on June 14, does not dismiss the idea of Gueye and even reestablished negotiations with Everton to this effect according to L'Equipe. "I was told about it," said Gueye after qualifying for her country in the CAN semifinal. There, I am fully focused on my competition. We'll have time to talk about it later, if it's still there. I can not talk about it there. Case to follow.
Another midfielder, Tiémoué Bakayoko, is interested in PSG and more particularly Leonardo, who knew him last season under the jersey of AC Milan, where the former Monegasque was loaned by Chelsea.
But there are several difficulties in this issue, even if Bakayoko's dream has always been to play in Paris: starting with the price claimed by Chelsea, which would be around 40 M €, the sum spent in 2017 to make it go of Monaco. The English club, banned from recruitment, would also lose a player useful for its rotation. But Bakayoko, 24, does not seem to have convinced his new coach Frank Lampard yet.
Grandpa? " No chance "
Guest Friday evening of the chain The Team, Nicolas Pépé's agent, Samit Khiat, handed a piece in the jukebox: "There are contacts in Italy. We are on July 12, he has just finished the CAN. The goal is to have Nicolas sign in the right place. (…) The PSG is a possibility. Now, tell you he will sign at PSG, I will not tell you, it would lie to you. (…) Nicolas is desired by many clubs. The most important for him is to join a club where he will play and continue his progression. "
PSG has been watching Grandpa for a long time. This season, he even caught the eye of Thomas Tuchel, who would have liked to welcome him to Paris. But, according to our information, and as we had already written, the Ivorian is very far from the PSG. "I think there is no chance," slips even a close Lille club, Neymar leaves or not the club of the capital. The transfer of Nicolas Pepe would be very greedy in money, about 80 M €. A sum that Paris has not planned to invest on a single player, which is offensive this summer. According to our information, the track Isco, that Real Madrid would like to yield for a nice sum, faces the same constraints.
Young people waiting
Finally, two "titis" remain in the expectation: Stanley Nsoki and Christopher Nkunku. Trained at PSG, they are candidates for departure. The first is on stand-by, as explained by The Team this week, watched by several European clubs including Lazio Rome. As for the second, it is still close to the RB Leipzig, which seeks to conclude the transaction for over a week. The amount of the transfer, between 15 and 20 M €, is problematic, as the percentage resale desired by the PSG, who would like to recover at least 20% of a future resale.