Lionel Messi’s arrival is expected to cause an exodus at PSG, as they shift their focus towards trimming their wage bill.
Mauricio Pochettino, after perhaps the greatest transfer window in recent memory, now has two tasks on his hand at the French capital.
First, find a way to seamlessly include summer signings Messi, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Gianluigi Donnarumma in a lineup that is already star-studded. Second, to pick stars who are no longer favoured at the Parc des Princes.
The Ligue 1 giants are looking to offload players, as they aim for some financial breathing space after bringing high-profile ‘free’ agents on huge contracts.
The new frontline of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe means Mauro Icardi and other attacking options will be the most likely departures at PSG.
Further, Wijnaldum’s addition in midfield has also put doubts on Ander Herrera’s future in France. The Guardian suggest that the Spaniard’s return to Manchester United ‘doesn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility’.
Herrera might fancy reuniting with his former teammates at Old Trafford, while United are also in need of a midfielder. However, at this stage, the English outfit have shown no interest in bringing back the player they allowed to leave on a free transfer.
But his availability, and a potential bargain price-tag could tempt several clubs, including United, to explore the opportunity to sign the 31-year-old.