PSG MARKET - Skriniar, Ekitike, Scamacca... Paris, from "Dream big" to "Dream smarter"?

PSG MARKET – Skriniar, Ekitike, Scamacca… Paris, from “Dream big” to “Dream smarter”?


Just a year ago, Paris did not bother with any form of nuance in its transfer window. The best goalkeeper of the Euro, Gianluigi Donnaruma, the best defender, Sergio Ramos, and the best striker, Lionel Messi, of the century landed to affirm the power of a club ready to do anything to crush the competition. But the plan didn’t work. Paris is still planted in the Champions League and, this time, the umpteenth humiliation pushed the bosses to review their copy. Gone are the glitz and the big names that turn heads. PSG have made a radical change in their approach to the season.

First example, probably the most effective, the arrival of Christophe Galtier whose record in the Champions League capped at 0 wins, one draw and five defeats. The former Nice coach embodies both the return to more rationality and discipline in a Camp des Loges too often left to the whims of its stars. From now on, things are clear: eleven players will be dismissed and deprived of a tour in Japan. Eleven undesirables, placed on the transfer list, reminiscent of the lofts formed by Christophe Galtier in Saint-Etienne or Luis Campos in Lille. A way to whistle the end of recess even if splitting the workforce does not guarantee more success in finding landing points for Kurzawa, Wijnaldum, Icardi and other Draxlers.

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“New talents”, “new markets”

Galtier, the anti-bling, preferred to Zinedine Zidane, yet absolute fantasy of Qatar: it is not a small revolution in which Paris is engaged this summer. Carried by a duo finally united at the head of the sportsman (Luis Campos-Christophe Galtier), Paris should continue to follow this line. It is enough to observe the targets of the champions of France to finish convincing oneself that it is entering a new sequence in its history. Again, no more glitter and Ballons d’Or.

We have to find players who will be proud to be in Paris, for the club, for football and only for football.“, summed up in Le Parisien Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, in search of “new talents” and “new markets“. Today’s targets meet the specifications. Milan Skriniar had been on the shelves of PSG for a few seasons already, which never went to the end of this track. Preferring him, for example, last summer a Sergio Ramos at the end of the race Hugo Ekitike, who has never seemed so close to Paris, embodies the fierce intention of reconnecting with recruits from Ligue 1.

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For 4 years and the arrival of Kylian Mbappé, PSG has never recruited a player from the French championship even though it has irrigated the European market with great talents (Eduardo Camavinga, Victor Osimhen, Wesley Fofana, Ferland Mendy , Fabinho, Bernardo Silva…). The increasingly likely arrival of the 20-year-old striker from Reims is also an opportunity to bring young players with certain potential and huge room for improvement back to Paris, such as Vitinha (22), the first recruit of the Campos era. . Paris has too often signed in recent years stars sated and convinced for the wrong reasons to continue their careers in the capital. Last hot file, Gianluca Scamacca is also a track favored by Luis Campos. Rather than piling up the names, the new PSG sports adviser seeks complementarity and knows full well that Paris lacks a great surface striker.

Vitinha with FC Porto in 2022

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After the Dream bigger, Paris seems to have moved on to the Dream smarter even if real obstacles are hindering this deep overhaul. After two weeks of the transfer window, the PSG is still weighed down with its balls and the new faces have not yet proven that they would do better than their predecessors in terms of sales. The recruits announced, if they do not have the brilliance of those who today constitute the Parisian workforce and if they will not have the same golden contracts, will also be very expensive. Ekitike, Skriniar and Scamacca could be worth, between them three, nearly 140 million euros while for Vitinha, Paris has already released more than 40. The project, more rational perhaps but not more reasonable, has changed. But the foundations remain the same: the pharaonic means of QSI without which nothing would be possible.

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