Campos and PSG are empty, it’s up to Galtier to write

Luis Campos didn’t work miracles during the winter transfer window… Federico Pestellini / Panorama

DECRIPTION – While their rivals are getting stronger, Bayern Munich is leading, the capital club is getting worse in the transfer market.

We will comment on the transfer window when it closes“, said Christophe Galtier, Tuesday. He is. And now is the time to take stock. The negatives… Already the raw data: absent in terms of arrivals, Keylor Navas (Nottingham, loan), Pablo Sarabia (Wolverhampton, €5m) and Ayman Kari (Lorient, loan) for departures. We can also count Ander Herrera. After reaching the limit on the number of loan players, the capital club has “FreeAnder Herrera at Athletic Bilbao, where he has been on loan with an option to buy since the summer. There was no compensation according to Spanish sources.

Obviously, Luis Campos is constrained financially, PSG had been pinned by the European police a few months ago (65 Million € including 55 suspended, 3 years to go). With “fantastic three” – dixit Galtier – the salary vampire, Leo Messi’s extension on the card and Neymar’s contract until… 2027. Moreover, Galtier did not necessarily expect much during this January. “I’m very satisfied with the squad I have, a group that has done very well since the takeover. A player may not be happy with his playing time, not very happy here, we’ll discuss the possibilities. But I don’t think there will be arrivals without departures“, said the Paris coach before the market open, adding that a arrival in defense is also undesirable because it will have consequences of “block roomto 17 year old titi El Chadaille Bitshiabu.

Skriniar, failed again

He did not always hold this speech. Especially after spending the summer trying out Milan Skriniar… Inter have turned a deaf ear, hoping to convince the 27-year-old Slovak defender, at the end of his 2023 contract, to extend. Failed: interested parties have agreed with PSG for next summer. Suddenly, Paris… is back in charge of hosting it this winter. Inter, however, failed to find a replacement in time. Therefore Galtier had to deal with the defense sector which he considered lacking at the start of the season. And who might still remember the performance of Sergio Ramos a little more, in a difficult situation immediately after running quickly up front… Moreover, Presnel Kimpembe was not ready to return to action and Nordi Mukiele was also in hospital. Fortunately, Danilo Pereira can always help…

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Knowing that there are no departures in the middle, the idea is never to strengthen the sector. However, last summer’s signings (Ruiz, Soler, Sanches) are struggling to establish themselves there. Even Vitina”having a little trouble getting back to his levelafter a good start to the season, as Galtier admits. “We have to find more density, fluidity in the game in the middle. Our midfielders need to be better with the ball but also more intense than now.“, Said “Galette”, who will have to do without Marco Verratti (suspended) in Montpellier this Wednesday (21:00), during day 21 of Ligue 1. Neymar (treatment) is also absent.

In goal and up front? Sergio Rico will wear a replacement Gigio Donnarumma suit after Navas leaves. What’s more, this could free a 23-year-old Italian keeper, like Pau Lopez in Marseille when Steve Mandanda left… For Sarabia, the bubble. “We’ll see if we have at least one offensive player to replace him numerically, and maybe another profile“But Galtier showed after Pays de Cassel (7-0). The rest, we know. Grand Guignolesque. We are talking about Rayan Cherki (OL), Johan Bakayoko (PSV) or Malcom (Zénit). Finally the loan idea from Hakim Ziyech is the closest to fruition. In fact, everything has come to a halt, Chelsea and Paris agree to repay the loan with no option to buy, and the player is ready to join the French capital, medical examination OK.

big mistakeChelsea for Ziyech

After waiting in a large hotel in Paris, the 29-year-old Morocco international, a former Ajax player, even arrived at the Factory around 8pm. Sign soon? That’s what we believe. Except for the Blues, too busy completing the arrival of Enzo Fernandez for 121 M€, “not taking it seriously enough“, we were told in the club, awaken”big mistakefrom the English club. The mistake that derailed the case: PSG had to remind the London leaders several times to return the signed document. Which leader then sent the document… unsigned twice before, finally all square. Except by then, it was past midnight. Mercato finished. Not Ziyech. Paris tried to reason with the LFP this Wednesday morning, in vain. At the club, we believe the Blues accidentally tampered with this file. Apart from that, another deal went sour for the same reason at Chelsea on Tuesday night. Anger remains strong at Paris-SG…”We have needs on an offensive level“, Hammered Galtier. He won’t have it.

This time it’s not Antero’s fault…

Parisian technician only need “adapt“, as he put it after the already incomplete summer transfer window. We remember that Paris-SG targeted the centre-forward, in addition to Skriniar at the back. This time, there was no question of putting things behind Antero Henrique, now offside, as Galtier and Campos have done in recent months. However, a lack of sales last summer contributed to only having mini envelopes this winter. This winter window remains a failure on the banks of the Seine. Moreover, competition in general is increasing in Ligue 1, Bayern is also with Joao Cancelo (Manchester City, loan).

It will be better for the hospital not to overfill in the coming weeks and for the group, on the back and forth since the World Cup, to improve (significantly) its level. “If there is no arrival, there is no arrivalsaid “Galette”, philosopher, Tuesday. This workforce works and even works very well for months on end. There’s no reason it can’t come back from when we all shared the same goal in the fact that teams come before individuality and that the requirements, effort and rigor have to come back in the prep matches but also starts.It’s up to Galtier to play, with his weapon.

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