On Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino was announced as the new head coach of Paris St Germain, taking up his first role since leaving Tottenham in November 2019. The 48-year-old will add to his already impressive squad as he expects a three-way battle with Lyon and Lille for the Ligue 1 title.
Here, in the January transfer window, PA news agency takes a look at who the Argentine could target. Dele AlliWill Mauricio Pochettino have a reunion with Dele Alli? (Steven Paston/PA) Since the opening day of the season, the 24-year-old has not played a Premier League game for Tottenham and has made only 11 appearances this term for Jose Mourinho’s side, compared to 38 in the previous campaign. In the past, Alli was aligned with a move to PSG, with Spurs president Daniel Levy supposedly not wanting the midfielder to depart. However, under Pochettino, who is regarded as an admirer of a player he calls “special” the England international enjoyed the best time of his career at Spurs. Christian Eriksen For several years, Christian Eriksen was a crucial member of Pochettino’s Spurs squad (Peter Byrne/PA) In January 2020, two months after Pochettino’s departure, Eriksen left Tottenham to join Serie A club Inter Milan, but the transfer did not work out as the Danish midfielder had hoped. For Pochettino’s Spurs, the 28-year-old played a vital role and was a central part of the side that reached the final of the 2019 Champions League. Pochettino and Hugo Lloris were close during his time at Spurs (Adam Davy/PA) During his time in north London, Pochettino was reported to have a close friendship with Lloris, and after the Argentine appointment at the Parc des Princes, news soon emerged that he was keen to bring back to his homeland the 34-year-old French goalkeeper. And Lloris, who came from Lyon to join Tottenham in 2012, is in the final 18 months of his deal. Lionel MessiPochettino will welcome “the best goalkeeper in the Premier League” and they don’t come much bigger than Lionel Messi (Nick Potts/PA) The new PSG boss has already said that “any great player” will always be welcome at the club, and they don’t come much bigger than Lionel Messi (Nick Potts/PA) The new PSG boss said that “any great player in the world” will always be welcome at the club. After sending a transfer request last summer, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner remained in Barcelona, but he is still unsettled and is considered to have issues with the Nou Camp board. Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala has 18 months left on his contract at Juventus (Marco Alpozzi/AP)The 27-year-old Argentine forward has been at Juventus since 2015 and has been the subject of constant transfer rumors during that period. He is in the final six months of his contract with the Catalans and may be flirting with the possibility of reuniting with former Barca teammate Neymar. At Torino, he won five Serie A titles, but this season he scored only three goals in 14 appearances. His Bianconeri deal lasts until 2022.