If Lionel Messi lands on a free transfer from Barcelona, here is PSG’s totally ludicrous XI.
This season, Mauricio Pochettino could have a dream team at his disposal.
According to sources, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is nearing a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract with the option of a third year. With the signing of the 34-year-old Argentine, Express Sport looks at how PSG could line up this season.
After his contract with AC Milan expired this summer, PSG signed Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer.
Donnarumma, who is still only 22, is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and his arrival is a major coup.
He played amazing penalty kicks against England in the final to help Italy win the postponed Euro 2020 this summer.
Donnarumma will now face off against another talented goalkeeper in Keylor Navas for the right to be Mauricio Pochettino’s first choice.
PSG boosted their defensive ranks this summer, first with the £60 million addition of Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi.
Despite the fact that Pochettino is unlikely to utilize him in his preferred wing-back position, Hakimi is a promising addition at right-back.
Marquinhos should be paired alongside Sergio Ramos, a former Real Madrid captain who the club signed as a free agent this summer.
At left-back, Pochettino has a few choices, although Juan Bernat is expected to start ahead of Abdou Diallo and Mitchel Bakker.
Messi’s reaction to Man United’s transfer after a ‘contract offer was submitted’ Man Utd had a ‘contact with Messi in May,’ but no deal was reached with PSG. Despite PSG negotiations, Lionel Messi wants a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Man City.
In his midfield three, Pochettino has a number of choices, with Leandro Paredes likely to be the most defensive.
Marco Verratti is a certain conclusion, with Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye vying for a spot.
Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined PSG on a free transfer, should be a key part of Pochettino’s plans after the Argentine persuaded PSG to snare the Dutchman from Barcelona at the eleventh hour.
If PSG is successful in acquiring Messi, he will play on the right wing with fellow Argentine Angel di Maria.
As he enters the final year of his contract, Kylian Mbappe’s future remains uncertain, with Real Madrid said to be interested.
Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Neymar would play on the left side of the attack, but he would play centrally as the striker in this enormous front three.