The poor performance of Paris Saint-Germain‘s summer transfer window, with the failure to sign Milan Skriniar and a limited number of departures has led to tension among the club’s technical department.
The head of sports management, the Portuguese Luis Campos, and the coach Christophe Galtier, are very unhappy with Antero Henrique, former sporting director and the individual currently in charge of departures, according to L’Equipe, Le Parisien and RMC Sports.
On the one hand, the main disappointment has been the failure to sign Slovakian centre-back Milan Skriniar, for whom Inter did not budge on their 80 million euro transfer fee, even though PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi himself was involved in the negotiations in the end.
Skriniar was the key target on the market for the Parisians to strengthen the defence, even as a starter as Galtier usually plays with three centre-backs and two full-backs.
A failed deal
However, Inter did not accept PSG‘s latest offer of 65 million despite the player having only one year left on his contract.
Other potential PSG targets, such as Robert Lewandowski, Aurelien Tchouameni and Bernardo Silva, did not arrive this summer.
Henrique is also blamed for the fact that, although he managed to get rid of much of the deadwood in Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye, Abdou Diallo, Julian Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa, Georginio Wijnaldum and Thilo Kehrer, the club only recouped around 49 million euros, mainly due to the fact a lot of the aforementioned deals were last-minute loans.
This is a far cry from the 150 million euros the club had set itself as a target in order to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play, leaving the French club in a difficult spot moving forward.
Another point is that Paredes (Juventus) and Draxler (Benfica) have been loaned to PSG‘s direct rivals in Group H of the Champions League.
In addition, the two main players PSG wanted to see leave, Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas and Argentina’s Mauro Icardi, will remain in the French capital at least until the winter transfer window.
From Henrique‘s perspective, the answer is that PSG have been hit by the reality of the European market, where only the Premier League has had a lot of money to sign.
Even more so because of the difficulty of getting rid of players with several years left on very generous contracts.
In terms of new arrivals, PSG have managed to rejuvenate their midfield almost completely in this market, with the arrival of Spaniards Fabian Ruiz and Carlos Soler as well as Portuguese duo Vitinha and Renato Sanches, who will join Marco Verratti, the undisputed and sole survivor in that position.
They have been joined by other young talents, such as defender Nordi Mukiele and attacker Hugo Ekitike, but neither are expected to make an immediate impact at the club.