Paris Saint-Germain underwent a spending spree last summer as no others had ever done before, signing star-studded names like Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes.
Unsurprisingly, the expectations grew on Mauricio Pochettino to deliver the long-evading Champions League title.
As it turned out, all those fusses with the new signings were flattering to deceive as Les Parisiens crashed out of the UCL in the round of 16 against Real Madrid. They squandered the 2-0 advantage in the second half of the second leg, as Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick to complete a comeback.
In addition, Les Parisiens were also knocked out of the French Cup, which means all they have left with now is Ligue 1. Sitting 12 points clear at the top of the table, it’s their league title to lose.
But PSG’s focus will be towards the summer transfer window, as they prepare to start with a clean slate and build a squad that can compete on all fronts.
There are already a handful of marquee names linked with Les Parisiens, and at the same time, there might be a massive clear out as well.
Kylian Mbappe is poised to leave Parc des Princes with his contract set to expire this summer.
Any hope of keeping Mbappe looks over now following the Champions League debacle.
Real Madrid have long been touted as the potential destination, and they could finally get their hands on the French forward on a free transfer.
Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria’s contract runs out in June, and he could also be heading towards exit doors.
The 35-year-old has a clause in his contract which would allow him to extend his stay for one more season, but Les Parisiens are ready to invest in younger talents instead.
PSG are disappointed with Sergio Ramos’ situation, as the Spaniard has spent much time on the sidelines due to injury. They are ready to sell him after only one season to free up the wage bill.
Mauro Icardi’s significance has reduced due to Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar being the regular starters.
The Argentine striker could leave this summer in order to revive his career.
Potential new signings
PSG are closely tracking Ousmane Dembele’s situation, with his contract at Barcelona expiring this summer.
Despite turning down an offer in January, the French winger is reconsidering his idea following his resurgence under Xavi.
The Blaugrana are unwilling to budge away from their previous offer, and they are yet to reopen the talks with Dembele’s entourage.
PSG has a great chance to lure Dembele with a more lucrative offer.
Paulo Dybala has become one of the most sought-after players after Juventus confirmed that they would not be extending his contract, meaning that he will leave as a free agent this summer.
PSG would face competition from Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan for the Argentine playmaker’s signing.
Les Parisiens chief Leonardo is a huge admirer of Dybala, and he would do his best to persuade the Argentine to Parc des Princes.
Another potential marquee signing PSG could target is Paul Pogba, whose contract with Manchester United expires this summer, and he looks to have no intentions to sign an extension.
Les Parisiens tried their best to sign the 29-year-old last summer, and they might go all out for him again.
Lucas Paqueta’s impressive form at Lyon has caught the attention of PSG, who are considering a potential move this summer.
The Brazilian midfielder has seven goals and four assists to his name this season, and he would be an upgrade over the current crop of PSG players.
Possible line-up for the 2022/23 season
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Achraf Hakimi, Nuno Mendes, Marco Verratti, Paul Pogba, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Ousmane Dembele/ Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi
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