Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will head to Suita City Stadium on Monday to face Gamba Osaka. Christophe Galtier’s men have won all three pre-season games so far.
On that note, here’s a look at the key PSG transfer stories for July 24, 2022:
Joan Laporta hints at Lionel Messi return to Camp Nou
Joan Laporta has hinted that a return to Barcelona could be a card for Lionel Messi. The Argentinian joined PSG last summer but proved out of place during his first season in France. Rumors of a departure continue to rage, as the 35-year-old is currently in the final year of his contract with the Parisians.
Talk to ESPN, as relayed by 90 minsLaporta says he owes Messi when he returns to Barcelona.
“Messi has been everything; for Barça, he may be the best player in history, the most effective, comparable only to Johan Cruyff in the history of Barça. But it has to happen at a certain point. someday; we have to make a decision, Laporta said.
“The institution is above the players and the coach, but I think; I wish the Messi chapter wasn’t over at Barca. And I think it’s our responsibility to make sure that this open chapter, hasn’t closed yet. , there’s a point where it can be done as it should be, and plus, has a much better ending than it would have been.”
“As president of Barca, I think I did what I had to. But personally and as president, I think I owe him.”
PSG are not interested in Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid put the Frenchman up for sale this summer as they turned their attention to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Parisians had the opportunity to sign the 31-year-old but chose not to pursue the player.
Interestingly, Griezmann has one more year left on his loan from Barcelona, but the Rojiblancos don’t seem too keen to keep him as they keep an eye on Roanldo.
The new Pariians sporting director Luis Campos is overseeing a squad overhaul this summer.
With Neymar’s future expanding, the Ligue 1 champions have the opportunity to replace the Brazilian with Griezmann. However, it now appears that Campos has rejected the proposal, as he does not want to add another over 30 player with an exorbitant salary to the squad.
The French giants have been trying to cut their wage bill this summer and have no place on their list for Griezmann, 31.
Chelsea could switch to Presnel Kimpembe if they miss Jules Kounde
Chelsea could switch to Presnel Kimpembe if they don’t complete a move for Jules Kounde this summer, according to reports. The Express. The Blues are eager to go after the Sevilla man but face competition from Barcelona who are trying to snag the move. Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is a longtime fan of the French defender and wants him at Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Blues have made an offer of £55m for Kounde, but Sevilla want to see a match against the Blaugrana or exceed that amount. Tuchel has identified Kimpembe as a backup if Barcelona snatch Kounde from his clutches.
The PSG defender was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge earlier this summer, but a move has so far not materialised. The 26-year-old’s future is in the future, and he could be ready for a reunion with his former manager in London.