Transfers - Ligue 1: Selling Presnel Kimpembe, the logical next step but a timing that questions

Transfers – Ligue 1: Selling Presnel Kimpembe, the logical next step but a timing that questions


The symphony of “Maestro Kimpembe” could no longer resound at the Parc des Princes. According to information from the Team, the 2018 world champion, at the end of his contract in 2024, will not be retained in the event of a suitable offer. A start which – a priori – would not be so surprising as the signals sent by the central defender this season seemed to be going in this direction… but which raises questions as to the timing, between Christophe Galtier’s three-man defense and change of direction from the management of the club.

As early as last August, “Presko” began to wonder about his future at the club. Tired of the straight passes granted to certain players, of the clans which formed, deformed and reformed within the locker room, and of a hierarchy which he did not understand, the French international wondered if he was not the time to try a new challenge.


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Presnel Kimpembe, guilty against Leipzig

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Between air holes and ultimatum

The arrival of Sergio Ramos – ultimately inconclusive – had also called into question his plans in Paris. A season has passed. Season marked by some difficulties for the central defender who encountered big air pockets, especially in the Champions League. But the reflection of the central defender does not seem to have evolved.

Some statements, including this one:Everyone knows my love for PSG and it’s mutual. I will be 27 in August, it is a key moment in my career. I am waiting to meet the future sports management in relation to the club’s project. It will be necessary to discuss rather quickly“, pronounced on the sidelines of the last gathering of the Blues, also had the effect of an ultimatum and were not appreciated or understood by the management, especially Luis Campos.

Presnel Kimpembe never ceases to recall his attachment to the club: “To have gone from titi to holder at PSG? Lots of pride. Because I did all my classes here, and being able to play with this jersey is a dream and an honour, especially when you come from the academy. I learned everything here. Wearing this jersey at every match is a huge source of pride“, he confided to PSG TV at the end of June. An immense pride which is no longer enough for either the player or the club, especially since he can represent a significant market value two years from the end of his term. contract.

Presnel Kimpembe in action during PSG – OM / Ligue 1

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Really the right timing?

More sufficient, but the timing questions. Admittedly, Luis Campos is trying to enlist Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan). But at a time when the club is trying to breathe new direction into its project, “the end of the sequins” and “back to reality” put forward by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Presko was a serious standard-bearer. Trained at the club, the vice-captain of the club has never been talked about for extra-sporting problems and has always been irreproachable in his He is – in the eyes of the public – a far cry from the bling-bling image of some of his teammates.

He would have represented a solid pillar and relay for Christophe Galtier in the locker room but also in the game system he wants to put in place. The new PSG coach is seriously leaning towards a three-man defense, which implies having a solid contingent of experienced centrals. Kimpembe is one, and could still render valuable services even if Skriniar arrives, especially since he knows this system. And difficult to bet on Sergio Ramos, his physical condition remains too uncertain. The player will return from vacation on July 11. His future will not be decided before the recovery.

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