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PSG’s wasted transfer squad

12 Mar 2022 | 13:41 | Football

PSG invested heavily in transfer work under President Nasser Al-Khelaifi but could not succeed in the continental arena.

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The players with a total transfer fee of 485 million euros have performed not to meet PSG’s expectations. Graphics: Minh Phuc.

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Neymar (Barca to PSG – 222 million euros): In the summer of 2017, PSG broke the world transfer record to recruit Neymar from Barca. President Al-Khelaifi expects the Brazilian player to help PSG realize its ambition to win the Champions League. Neymar has never reached the peak of his form when playing for Barcelona, ​​despite enjoying all the privileges in Paris. In this season, the player born in 1992 contributed to the host club’s European championship hopes by making a mistake that led to a goal in the second leg of the 1/8 round against Real Madrid.

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Mauro Icardi (Inter to PSG – 50 million euros): In the 2019/20 season, Icardi played quite well on loan with 17 goals in all competitions. PSG decided to activate the option to buy the Argentine striker for 50 million euros. After signing a long-term contract, Icardi declined in form and continuously sat on the bench in the last 2 seasons.

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Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla to PSG – 18 million euros): The Spaniard had only 2 seasons playing for the Paris capital team, before being pushed to Sporting on loan.

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 Jese (Real Madrid to PSG – 25 million euros): In the summer of 2016, Jese left Real Madrid to join PSG with the goal of finding opportunities to play regularly. The €25 million signing made only 18 appearances, scoring twice for “Le Parisien”. After being pushed away many times in the form of a loan, Jese’s contract was terminated by the host club because of private life scandals.

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 Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg to PSG – 36 million euros): The young talent who once stirred up the Bundesliga could not shine at Parc des Princes. Draxler was a witness in all three of PSG’s bitter defeats in the Champions League, against Barca (2016/17), Man United (2018/19) and Real Madrid (2021/22).

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 Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla to PSG – 27.5 million euros): With the resume of the star who won the Europa League for 2 consecutive seasons, Krychowiak received many expectations about becoming the mainstay of PSG. However, the Polish player only made 19 appearances in the 2016/17 season, then disappeared from the Parc des Princes.

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 Goncalo Guedes (Benfica to PSG – 30 million euros): Guedes is playing prominently in La Liga in the color of Valencia. However, few people know that the Portuguese player had a difficult time at PSG. The mark of the midfielder born in 1996 in Paris was only 13 appearances in two seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco to PSG – 25 million euros): Kurzawa’s form declined after leaving Monaco. In this season, the French defender is constantly injured and has not played for the host club.

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 Abdou Diallo (Dortmund to PSG – 32 million euros): The expensive Senegal defender is just a backup plan. He was absent from most of the important matches of the French capital team.

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Serge Aurier (Toulouse to PSG – 10 million euros): Aurier was bought by PSG permanently after an impressive 2014/15 season. The Ivory Coast player possesses the qualities to become a star, but has buried his career because of a private life scandal. In 2016, Aurier was banned indefinitely by PSG for insulting teammates on social networks, then continued to be sentenced to 2 months in prison for assaulting a Paris police officer.

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Kevin Trapp (Frankfurt to PSG – 9.5 million euros): Trapp once started for PSG in the 2015/16 season. However, the German goalkeeper could not maintain his form and lost his position to young teammate Alphonse Areola. In the summer of 2018, Trapp had to return to Frankfurt to find the opportunity to play regularly.

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