Terrifying! Absolutely terrifying! While the majority of clubs across Europe are trying to bolster a position or two in their line-up, PSG have done the unthinkable. The Paris clubs’ deal in this summer’s transfer market was just extraordinary and not even finished.
One of the world’s best defenders with Sergio Ramos and European champion Gianluigi Donnarumma joined the club on a free transfer. They also kidnapped Georginio Wijnaldum for free.
The introduction of Achraf Hakimi and Danilo Pereira are the cherished goals of the summer. This is probably one of the best transfer deals Europe has ever seen. Mauricio Pochettino’s team lost the Ligue 1 title to Lille with a single point last season.
Also in the Champions League they had to be eliminated in the semifinals. This time around, however, no squad looks as scary as PSG and few have the quality of the French side. Pochettino and the Qatar Sports group could be well on their way to claiming the Champions League trophy.
PSG already have two of the most expensive players in the world with Neymar and Mbappe. Neymar have already signed a contract extension and PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists on keeping Mbappe as well. The French world champion’s contract expires in 2022 and he has expressed his desire to leave the club. The player has challenged the club to show him that he has the squad to win the Champions League. If so, he is ready to stay.
“Show me that we can build a team that can win the Champions League.”
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) July 14, 2021
PSG couldn’t have done better this summer. Marquinhos has proven his quality for both Brazil and PSG and is currently one of the best center-backs in the game. At just 27, he has a long career ahead of him.
Presnel Kimpembe is another world-class center-back who has remained PSG’s first choice alongside Marquinhos but that could change. There are few better in the world than Sergio Ramos. Kimpembe could likely move the pecking order down as one of Spain’s greatest defenders is likely to take his place.
At 35, Sergio Ramos is already a legend of the game. The former Real Madrid captain was just extraordinary. PSG’s remarkable business of attracting the player for free is commendable. PSG’s backline is in safe hands!
Wijnaldum was another transfer that impressed many. Jürgen Klopp’s trusted henchman was as good as ready to go to Barcelona until PSG made the offer. A Champions League and Premier League winning midfielder who has the quality to fit right into any team in Europe. Smart business.
🎥🏠 Welcome to 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬 @GWijnaldum
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 22, 2021
But of all the transfers, Donnarumma has to be the best. PSG already have one of the best goalkeepers in Keylor Navas. But at just 22 years old, few goalkeepers have the talent of Italian Donnarumma.
After an extraordinary European Championship victory, Donnarumma moves to PSG. The French bought his services for free after AC Milan failed to renew the young goalkeeper’s contract. Keylor Navas may not be thrilled, but everyone at PSG is thrilled.
REINFORCEMENT OF THE SQUAD
The introduction of Achraf Hakimi was expected. PSG needed a quality right-back and they took the best of the lot. Hakimi is young, talented and experienced. A right mix that is rare in today’s game. The right-back will no doubt join the multi-billion dollar squad. Capable of offering attack options while remaining solid defensively, Hakimi is likely to step into Pochettino’s plans immediately.
PSG are also on the hunt for AC Milan’s left-back Theo Hernandez. The Parisians are ready to spend more this summer and a left-back will be their ideal target. PSG are also keeping an eye on Paul Pogba, whose contract expires in 2022. The Paris club are ready to bring the French superstar home and are reportedly ready to come up with an offer.
After a brilliant individual run in the European Championship, Pogba has once again underlined its quality. The already overwhelming midfield line could be further strengthened with Pogba’s arrival.
Apart from Manchester City, almost no team in Europe can match the quality that PSG have in all positions. Just like the French national team, PSG have the quality to set up a B team and still be successful. With at least one world-class substitute in each position, PSG have significantly increased their squad. Pochettino will have many options to choose from in the coming season and only one success would be welcome.
A new jersey for our 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 days! # 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗷𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 22, 2021
However, there are also doubts about how Pochettino could line up his team. With so many big names on the roster, the numbers are likely to be frustrated. Sergio Ramos is likely to take the center-back position. Wijnaldum could be used alongside Marco Verratti and Achraf Hakimi becomes the new right-back. Keylor Navas’ place as goalkeeper of choice is now under threat and with other players likely to join the squad, uncertainties are mounting.
So the question arises whether this world-class squad can play as a world-class team. PSG lost their dominance in the league last year but that can only be seen as a slump by and large. You will probably win the title again, the reinforcements you brought with you will certainly help. But what the group from Qatar and PSG are vying for is the Champions League.
PSG’s roster is now filled with players with European experience. In each department there is at least one player who has reached the highest level in European club football. Mbappe’s stormy shot on goal was incredible last season. Neymar was one of the best players in the Copa America and his recent form has been wonderful. Di Maria never seems to have aged and still plays world-class football.
Mauricio Pochettino: “I am really very satisfied with our work.” pic.twitter.com/f8hC6qQ5ey
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 21, 2021
Ramos is 35 but is still considered one of the best in the game. His ability to lead a team and achieve crucial goals will be an added asset. Wijnaldum has been solid throughout his tenure at Liverpool and will add stability to the team. Italians Marco Verratti and Donnarumma have already felt the taste of European glory with their national team and will try to emulate it with PSG too.
The only crucial element now is the formation of the team. Pochettino usually prefers the 4-2-3-1. But regardless of formation, PSG have the staff to win games. Individual talent is in abundance. The only real danger is team chemistry. A roster full of superstars must be managed with the utmost care. The system must triumph over the individual. While Pochettino is able to do so, there are still doubts as to how this will play out.
After the defeat in the Champions League final and elimination in the semifinals, PSG will desperately try to get their hands on the elusive cutlery. You now have the staff; All they have to do is play the football champions’ brand. Can Les Parisiens finally assert themselves as the best in Europe or will they be branded as mere champions of the “Farmers League” again?