72 hours chrono. The sports director Leonardo has launched Friday the countdown that will ring Monday night, the end of the hot sellers of the mercato Paris SG: Neymar case that of the guardians, everything remains open.
. For Neymar, "it depends on Barcelona"
The message has passed. Speaking to reporters after the victory in Metz (2-0), the Brazilian leader sent the ball back to Barça, the only club that is negotiating to attract the superstar.
"Today, there is no agreement (…) It depends on Barcelona," he said, explaining that the only written offer of the Catalans, submitted Tuesday, did not meet the requirements Parisian.
In this game of ping-pong ignited, one thing is clear: PSG hopes to recover its huge stake placed in 2017 (EUR 222 million) and therefore expects cash with one or more players who could overcome the emptiness left in attack by the departure of "Ney".
While Ivan Rakitic and Jean-Clair Todibo would have accepted the idea of being included in the exchange according to L'Equipe, the refusal of Ousmane Dembélé, determined to remain a Blaugrana, would block the transaction. Will the French international striker be the key to the deal for Barça which, according to the Spanish press, would have become pessimistic about these chances?
On the other hand, "Leo" evoked a relationship that "is not quiet", and "complicated", with Neymar appearing to camp on his position to want to find Leo Messi in Spain. Will his attitude bend the Parisians, who could reconsider their demands downward?
"There is a natural + deadline +, it's Monday night," said Leonardo. Until then, "anything can happen!" Added coach Thomas Tuchel.
. Guardians: Navas approaching, Areola to Madrid
The eternal debate of the goalkeepers at the PSG is approaching the denouement. After Gianluigi Buffon and Kevin Trapp, who have joined Juventus Turin and Frankfurt, a third potential N.1 will pack his bags this summer: Alphonse Areola should go to Real Madrid on the basis of a loan of one year, according to the media on both sides of the Pyrenees.
His absence for Metz left little doubt about his departure. "It's not done yet, he did not feel like playing because there are negotiations, I was surprised, but we respected," said Leonardo.
The porter of Real Kaylor Navas should succeed him. After a year of alternation, missed, between Buffon and Areola, the hierarchy will be this time, very clear. But it remains to prove to the Costa Rican, who lost his place of titular face to Thibaut Courtois after winning three Leagues champions, that he can make his nest at a cursed post in Paris in recent years.
. Other reinforcements: "no bling-bling"
This is an astonishing statement from Leonardo, questioned if other reinforcements could happen, especially in attack or at the right side post: "There is a financial side, structural of the transfer window that is not easy for everyone. We are trying to organize what we have, I think it will be a difficult season, there are things to be sorted out, this is not the ideal situation, especially with players at the end of the contract. This is not the season bling-bling, + We will win the Champions League + No, it's not like that.We will seek to reorganize.
The Brazilian leader has therefore referred in turn to the financial fair play that limits investment, the case of players whose contract ends in 2020 (Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani, among others) and the "reorganization" conducted internally since its inception. back this summer.
In short, Leo would have either too much financial constraints or more urgent work … These remarks seem to limit the recruitment of additional players. Finally, the best rookie that Paris can hope for sports is Neymar.