3 players PSG should sell during the upcoming summer transfer window
Paris Saint-Germain will be desperate to sell several players this summer. That has little to do with another Champions League shortfall than the need to comply with Financial Fair Play. When you spend €222 million on one player then promise another €180 million for a second, people tend to notice. To balance the books the club's owners must do more than shed themselves of fringe players. Players who can command a significant return have to be sold.
That's alright. I'm here to help. Here are three players PSG should consider putting on the block during the upcoming transfer window.
The Argentine was the marquee signing in the first wave of stars brought in by the Qatari Investment Authority when it bought the club in 2011. Antoine Koumbare was allowed to live the fantasy life as a big club manager until Carlo Ancelotti's arrival in December. The New Caledonian suddenly found himself coaching Jeremy Menez, Kevin Gameiro, Diego Lugano, Blaise Matuidi, Mohamed Sissoko, and Salvatore Sirigu. Pastore was the prize, however, coming over from Palermo for €42 million.
For much of the past seven years, the 6'2" midfielder has been exploring the depths of Koumbare's disappointment without ever being allowed to leave. World-class players have come and gone with Pastore playing a constantly diminishing role for managers Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc, and Unai Emery.
Consider the insane depth PSG have in their midfield. Adrien Rabiot, Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta and Giovani Lo Celso log the most minutes centrally. Lassana Diarra joined in January to provide more defensive support. He isn't as strong on the ball or off as any of them. Nor does he have Angel di Maria or Julian Draxler's pace on the flanks. Pastore has, in essence, been put out to pasture.
Happily, the QIA should have no problem finding a buyer. The lanky South American is still only 28, and skilled. Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have approached his representatives. Besiktas has also emerged as a potential destination. The player seems set on a return to Serie A, specifically to join up with Luciano Spalletti at Inter. This one will get done.
One would think PSG would be crazy to part ways with their captain and top defender, but it isn't a stretch when you think it through. The Brazilian international will be 34 next season. It's no secret age is quickly catching up to him. With Marquinhos and Pascal Kimpembe both blossoming, Les Parisiens have cover at the centre-back position for years to come.
PSG will need to temper their expectations with regards to Silva's price tag. Clubs simply do not pay much for 34-year-old defenders who are past their prime and have an injury history. But as one of the highest earners on the team, getting him off the books makes sense. PSG can scout the market to find an equitable and more economical replacement with relative ease.
Last but not least, there is the Belgian international. Meunier ranks among the best young right-backs in Europe, but the club tied itself to Dani Alves through 2019. The Brazilian is 34 and may not renew, but Meunier may not be willing to wait around. He is already and not getting any younger. A strong World Cup could boost his value even more. Certainly, it will see him demanding a regular starting role. Selling him would allow PSG a significant portion of their outlay over the last 12 months. If PSG have their hearts set on Alves, they should cash in on the 26-year-old.