“Major signings? We’ll do some, we’ll do some,” Nasser Al-Khelaifi says as he responds to a query from L’Equipe about moves this summer.
It’s May, and the season is coming to an end.
The transfer window is already on everyone’s thoughts.
Can PSG truly improve their team?
How much money do they have?
Who are they going to get?
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Get fast access It’s safe to say that Al-Khelaifi wasn’t lying after two months.
The major signings have arrived, and the shopping hasn’t ended yet.
PSG have signed Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
There are still some major names in the club’s sights.
According to ESPN last week, Paul Pogba is the first choice in midfield.
If Everton agree, Moise Kean might return on loan.
Eduardo Camavinga of Stade Rennes is a possible replacement for Pogba if Les Parisiens are unable to bring the 2018 World Cup winner home.
According to ESPN, Lazio forward Joaquin Correa is a favorite of both sporting director Leonardo and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Not for nothing, PSG was also desperate to get Lionel Messi to the French capital.
It’s all for naught now, as ESPN reports that he’s signed a new contract with Barcelona, but the intention was clear.
In February, ESPN reported that the team would be looking for free agents.
In Wijnaldum, Donnarumma, and Ramos, PSG has done just that.
This is possibly the best list of free agents ever signed by the same team in the same window.
They also looked for players with only one year left on their contracts, like as Pogba and Camavinga, who may represent fantastic value and cheap opportunities.
The lone exception is Hakimi.
PSG were looking for a right-back, while Inter Milan needed to raise finances by selling the 22-year-old Moroccan international.
He is likely Europe’s best player in his position, and EUR60 million is a reasonable transfer fee.
Don’t forget that Neymar (until 2025) and Angel Di Maria (2022) also signed new contracts throughout the season, as did Juan Bernat (2025) and Julian Draxler (2024).
PSG has made a number of high-profile additions this summer, including Sergio Ramos.
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He needed to make a successful window.
There’s still a long way to go, especially in terms of finding new homes for players who are no longer in Pochettino’s plans, but the players he’s brought in have so far exceeded expectations.
Pochettino is overjoyed at how much stronger his team has become.
Although certain players will depart (Mitchel Bakker has already joined Bayer Leverkusen, while Leandro Paredes, Pablo Sarabia, Ander Herrera, Layvin Kurzawa, and Thilo Kehrer are all available), this team’s potential is already terrifying.
Of course, new acquisitions, particularly big stars, can create some stress in the locker room.
Keylor Navas, the goalkeeper, was not pleased with the arrival of Donnarumma, who will be a direct challenge for his position in the club.
After a strong season, the Costa Rica vice-captain couldn’t understand why they would bring in another goalkeeper.
The appearance of Ramos, who won’t be there to sit on the bench, irritated Presnel Kimpembe as well.
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Al-Khelaifi stated, “We will never cease being ambitious.”
PSG wanted to make a statement after two quiet summers in the market.
They wanted to show the other big European teams that they meant business after losing a Champions League final and semifinal in back-to-back years, especially with financial fair play restrictions loosening up.
They also sought to demonstrate their worth to a specific Kylian Mbappe.
Negotiations for a new deal are still ongoing, and the team’s competitiveness has always been a priority.
The message from Mbappe, who is in the final year of his contract, is simple: “Show me that we can construct a club capable of winning the Champions League.” That is exactly what they are doing to persuade him to stay.
The arrivals have impressed the Frenchman, and he believes Pochettino will turn this squad into something spectacular.
However, he has yet to sign a new deal.
PSG has dominated this transfer window so far.
But, there is a feeling among the club’s recruitment team that the buying frenzy isn’t over yet, and that there will be more to come.
Qatar Sports Investments bought the club ten years ago and has been seeking the Champions League ever since.
With Pochettino in charge and with a magnificent roster at his disposal, coupled with the experiences of the last two seasons, there is a strong conviction that they have never been so close to attaining that ambition.