It’s once again January, and the transfer market is back in full swing. French giant Paris Saint-Germain have already made a few strategic movies to build squad depth ahead of the all-important second half of the season.
Of course, the important question that every fan with Paris Saint-Germain tickets will be asking is the future of Kylian Mbappe. After refusing to sign a contract extension with the club, the French superstar is in the last six months of his contract, and with no agreement between the two parties, it is still confusing for the entire football world.
Here are the key moves from PSG and manager Luis Enrique.
Lucas Beraldo signs for PSG
The 20-year defender from Sao Paolo is one of the first signings in the January transfer window as he makes his way to the French capital. It is a significant move for the youngster to transition from Sao Paulo to France.
For Beraldo, PSG is said to have paid a fee of around 17.36 million pounds after the youngster has had an impressive year.
He’s made 52 appearances in 2023, bringing in crucial wins for the side.
Expressing his interest in the move, Berlaldo added that he is pleased to join a club as ambitious as PSG, which is an important step in his career.
He added, “I can’t wait to get to know my new teammates and to take my first steps in this shirt.”
Gabriel Moscardo to PSG?
The PSG scouts have done a great job unearthing fresh talent for the side. Gabriel Moscardo is the newest signing of sorts, as the 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder will be the latest sensation in Paris.
The interest for Moscardo, who currently plays for Corinthians, has been there from earlier this season from several big-tier teams from Spain and England. It is reported that Arsenal, Manchester United, and Atletico Madrid have all shown interest in the youngster.
But it was PSG that sent out an official bid. The club’s sporting director, Luís Campos, traveled to Brazil to watch Moscardo earlier this month, and PSG has now agreed on a €20 million deal for the midfielder.
Notably, Chelsea had a bid of $22 million in June last year, but it was rejected.
Sources close to PSG also acknowledge the transfer and that Moscardo visited Paris recently to sign the 5-year contract with the club.
For PSG, the team is now heavily investing in building their youth tier, setting the club up for a succession plan. For the fans with Paris Saint-Germain tickets, this is excellent news as it is an indication that the club is prepping to nurture their talent from the ground up.
Before turning professional, Barcelona had also shown interest in Moscardo to sign him up for the La Masia Academy, but discussions did not progress, and the move fell apart.
The midfielder, promoted to Corinthians’ first team this season, has accumulated 25 senior appearances, contributing one goal and one assist.
PSG Want Casemiro
News coming from France is that PSG wants to bid for Casemiro. The Real Madrid legend, who switched to Manchester United a season back, has yet to get the ball rolling with several lackluster performances. He eventually had to sit out due to injury, and it has been a letdown season.
PSG is interested in signing the Brazilian and providing him with a better environment to perform, and it is said that his agents are working on a potential move. Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal and an unnamed Italian club are also mentioned as potential suitors for the 31-year-old.
For Casemiro, switching to Saudi might be a long shot, but the proposition from PSG looks intriguing. Local fans who are regulars with Paris Saint-Germain tickets have also loved Casemiro’s playing style in the few meetings they’ve had in the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.
They would love to see him in PSG colors.
Amidst this speculation, there is also a wild, ambitious swap deal speculation from Manchester United, suggesting that they could swap Kylian Mbappe instead of Casemiro and Marcus Rashford.
While Kylian Mbappoe has said he will move on, Manchester United will definitely not be his destination.
Casemiro has faced challenges with form during his second season at Manchester United following his £70 million move from Real Madrid in 2022.
Another reason United wants to let go of Casemiro is to make way for newer transfers. At a weekly wage of £ 350,000, Casemiro is one of the club’s highest-paid players and wants to repurpose this amount on better prospects.
Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid – New Move Made
One of the news items that most fans with Paris Saint Germain tickets look away is the transfer talks involving Kylian Mbappe.
Real Madrid has been at PSG’s door several times over the last two years but has yet to sign the superstar successfully.
But now, they are nearing the end of the discussion as Mbappe’s contract is running out, and he is a free agent by June.
The expenses of the stadium expansion hindered Real Madrid’s financial prowess. With the added expenses, the club is now focused on controlling its financial status and its wage bill, and this could be a factor when it comes to negotiating Mbappe’s expectations in terms of salary.
While Real Madrid might not get the burden of paying the transfer fee with the French striker in his last six months, the salary expectations from Mbappe will be considerably high.
Amidst a prevailing eagerness at Real Madrid to future-proof their squad with Mbappe’s addition, including expressed support from head coach Carlo Ancelotti and players such as Vinicius Junior, there is a certain level of uncertainty.
On the other hand, PSG is also preparing to offer a counteroffer for Mbappe to keep him at the club. For PSG, improving on Mbappe’s contract is relatively easy. With backing from Qatar’s sovereign fund, PSG can easily offer an elevated contract to Mbappe.
This ongoing saga between Mbappe and the club has been turbulent. In the last season, Mbappe was sidelined at the club, then listed for transfer and linked to a move to Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia before re-integration into the team.
Despite the event beyond the field, Mbappe has stepped up to perform for the club, as PSG currently leads the Ligue 1 standings.
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