Paris wanted to strengthen offensively and it succeeded in its operation during this winter transfer window. Losing Pablo Sarabia and recovering Hakim Ziyech, semi-finalist of the World Cup with Morocco, cannot be a bad operation on paper. The right winger, who enters on his left foot in the zones of truth, arrives from Chelsea on loan, without it having yet been officially validated by the authorities this Tuesday evening at the time of the market closing . At Chelsea, Ziyech has been playing less in recent months, since the appointment of Graham Potter instead of Thomas Tuchel as coach.
It will remain for the former resident of Ajax Amsterdam (he was also born in the Netherlands almost 30 years ago) to acclimatize to his new environment and find automatisms with his new partners. On the right flank, he will find his bearings with Achraf Hakimi, his sidekick in the national team. It will allow one of the three members of the MNN to breathe while for the trip to Montpellier this Wednesday, Neymar is forfeited, victim of muscle fatigue.
Ziyech should have no difficulty in blending into the codes of a big club or a big team after having attended, among others, Ajax and Chelsea, his two last employers. He won the Champions League with the English and experienced the last four of this competition with the Dutch. In order to anticipate his loan, the footballer had settled in Paris on Monday evening and had satisfied the obligations of the medical examination before the signing of his new contract.
The negotiations will have been long, Chelsea wanting to include a compulsory purchase option of an amount deemed fanciful or eccentric in the Parisian camp. By selling Sarabia for some 5 million euros and recovering the Moroccan, whose salary is certainly higher than the Spaniard, Paris continues to save money. It is in the name of this principle, dictated by the rules of the instrument of control of its finances of UEFA, that Paris refused to outbid in the Milan Skriniar file. Luis Campos and the player had reached a contractual agreement with the Slovak defender in recent weeks. It remained to be seen whether the bulwark of Inter Milan would come free next summer or against a transfer fee this winter.
Skriniar will arrive free this summer
Skriniar will finally come free in July to strengthen a sector where PSG believes that it is currently sufficiently provided with Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos, Danilo Pereira pending the return of Presnel Kimpembe from injury. For the moment, the 2018 world champion has only resumed racing alone at the training center. Parisian decision-makers will only have to pay a signing bonus for the Slovak whose contract is ready. They offered 10 million euros to their Italian counterparts, who had to resolve this dilemma: accept when their player has already signed up with Paris or keep him to lose him for free next July. The negotiations and the wait lasted until the closing of the market in Italy, this Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the direction of arrivals. The defender was not on the Italian Cup match sheet last night, Inter – Atalanta Bergamo.
Paris was in a strong position since no competitor could intervene. It was 10 million or nothing while the Lombards asked for 20 million euros to give up their rough axial from this month of January. For lack of a credible replacement in the last hours when he was active in all directions and faced with the inflexibility of Paris which had not made this file a priority for the winter, Inter preferred to keep Skriniar, hoping he still has his mind at Inter until June. Afterwards, he will be Parisian.
In the evening, PSG also managed to free themselves from the contract of Keylor Navas, the second goalkeeper behind Gianluigi Donnarumma. He signed up with Nottingham Forest, the current 13th in the English championship, in the form of a loan.