On the sidelines of Paris Saint-Germain‘s friendly against Nuremberg (1-1), Leonardo spoke about the continuation of the PSG mercato at Le Parisien newspaper. And for the sports director of Paris Saint-Germain, the team is almost done.
After the final whistle of the second friendly of the summer, the Parisian players went to greet the 50 or so fans at the Max-Morlock-Stadion in Nuremberg, before returning to the dressing room. Before rushing into it, the Parisian coach stopped in front of the media, imitated by PSG sports director Leonardo a few moments later. The idea was to mention the Parisian mercato’s successor, while Abdou Diallo, Borussia Dortmund’s central defender, joined the club’s ranks in the capital, becoming the fifth summer recruit after Ander Herrera, Marcin Bulka, Mitchel Bakker and Pablo Sarabia. Enough to satisfy Thomas Tuchel?
“It’s true, we’ve talked about it a lot, but I think that this team is almost done, complete. She is already competitive, she has a little bit of everything, young, very experienced players. We still need the players who played the Copa America (Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Paredes, Di Maria, Cavani, editor’s note), Choupo-Moting who competed in the CAN and Dagba who came back from the Euro Espoirs with a little injury. The positions of central defender and defensive midfielder were targeted. The central defender arrived with Abdou Diallo, and now we’re looking for the middle,” Leonardo told the Parisian.
The “possibility” Idrissa Gueye in the middle, Kevin Trapp leaving to stay?
A middle and that’s it? In any case, that’s what the Parisian sports director said, referring to “just a possibility, a possibility” of recruiting Everton’s Senegalese international midfielder, Idrissa Gana Gueye, to strengthen the midfield, and agreeing with the idea of a very close end to the mercato for the PSG. “Many players have arrived: Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia, Marcin Bulka, Mitchel Bakker… We lost Dani Alves and Buffon, while Trapp has returned from a loan. In terms of numbers, with the extra young people starting to be available, I think the membership is good. “A strong message sent to the coach and more generally to the fans of the Parisian club.
The Brazilian concluded by leaving the locker room door open for Kevin Trapp, whose sale he has not yet planned. If he wants to prevent the situation of two seasons ago from recurring between the two men, creating instability at the club, the man who is strong in Parisian recruitment spoke of a healthy relationship between the club and the German keeper, who did not ask to leave. A decision will be taken in the coming days between the two guardians and Paris Saint-Germain. Leonardo finally mentioned a stand-by situation in the Neymar case, repeating that no concrete offer had arrived on his desk regarding the Brazilian striker for ten days. For its part, the Neymar clan is still hoping for a positive outcome.