The time has come for PSG to focus on cost-cutting after a summer of significant strengthening across a range of positions. They have an extremely intense team, and a number of players have already been designated as surplus to needs. PSG has the potential to sell a handful of their players during the January transfer window. Following the summer arrivals of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georgio Wijnaldum, and Achraf Hakimi, their pay bill has skyrocketed.
Now let us take a good look at four players that could depart PSG in the January transfer window without further hesitation.
In the summer transfer window, Layvin Kurzawa was apparently listed on the transfer list. The management's courage has gone stale due to the 29-year-constant old's battles with injuries.
Kurzawa's fate may lay outside of PSG, with Nuno Mendes and Juan Bernat vying for the left-back position in the starting XI. Kurzawa was pushed aside as many as four times in the 2020-21 season because of several injuries, missing nearly three months of action in total. Kurzawa was offered an escape path by Olympique Lyon in the summer, but he subsequently had a phone argument with their manager Peter Bosz. Nuno Mendes, Juan Bernat, and Teddy Alloh provide ample cover at left-back for PSG. In January, they will undoubtedly remain open to proposals for the Frenchman.
PSG's Leandro Paredes, has struggled this season. Paredes did not take advantage of the opportunities that were offered to him after missing the first few weeks due to fitness difficulties.
During PSG's Champions League clash against Club Brugge, which finished in a 1-1 draw, he was taken off at halftime. Pochettino has a lot of alternatives in midfield, and he's recently chosen Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye over Paredes. In defensive midfield, they also have Danilo Pereira as a backup option. Last summer, Paredes was linked with Inter Milan, but he opted to stay at PSG. However, the 27-year-old could change his mind in January, as he has the ability to start for a major European team.
Julian Draxler's career has stalled after being heralded as one of Germany's most promising young players in recent years. His incredible performances at Schalke and Wolfsburg seem like a distant memory, and the 28-year-old might benefit from a move to a smaller club.
PSG has a plethora of attacking alternatives. Draxler's contract with PSG expires in 2024, although he might be transferred for a reasonable sum in January, allowing the club to free up some cash. In 34 appearances in all games in the 2020-21 campaign, Draxler scored four goals and added seven assists. The German international might possibly seek a new club where he can start more often, and it would be better if all parties involved parted ways in January.
Time afterward, Mauro Icardi was one of Europe's most prolific goal scorers. However, the 28-year-abilities old's appear to have faded recently. Last season, he only scored 13 goals and added six assists in 28 appearances for PSG in all competitions.
With Lionel Messi's arrival at the squad, he is currently used as a substitute. While Icardi is the only true striker on the squad, PSG may decide to part ways with him in order to reduce their pay bill, as he is no longer untouchable. Argentina's international is also a high-earner, earning up to £170,000 each week, according to reports. That is an excessive amount of money to spend on a player who is primarily utilized as a substitute. PSG are set to part ways with him in January if the right deal comes up.
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