Real Madrid planning to sell six players this summer to raise funds for the signing of Paris St-Germain’s France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22.
Wales forward Gareth Bale who is on loan at Tottenham, Brazil left-back Marcelo, Serbia striker Luka Jovic and Spanish trio Isco, Dani Ceballos and Brahim Diaz are the players earmarked.
Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival at PSGcould be seen as a clear message from the Ligue 1 side’s owners, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), that a final attempt is to be launched to land one of the players that club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been coveting ever since he embarked on his project: Barcelona forward Leo Messi.
Neymar saidafter PSG played Manchester United in the Champions League that he expected to line up alongside his former teammate next season but Messi is not the only Argentinean Pochettino would like to add to his squad this summer.
According to Canal Plus France, Pochettino is keen to snap upManchester City forward Sergio Agüero, who is out of contract at the Etihad in June.
PSG sporting director Leonardo has been apprised of the situation and Pochettino has made Agüero a priority as contract talks at the Premier League club appear to have stalled.
The 32-year-old fits Pochettino’s style better than PSG’s current options, Mauro Icardi and Moise Kean, who are more accustomed to playing more or less static inside the area whereas the former Tottenham manager prefers a looser attack with players interchanging positions.
However, if PSG are to achieve Pochettino’s dream attack the Ligue 1 club will be forced to make cutbacks elsewhere.
PSG recently reported losses of €100m and Ligue 1 is planning to approve a general salary cut in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the reining champions will have to adjust their belts to avoid falling foul of FFP regulations. That could mean the necessity to move on one of the club’s highest earners, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé the prime candidates.
Given Neymar’s desire to be reunited with Messi and the success the two shared at Barcelona, it could prove to be Mbappé who is permitted to leave. Real Madrid have long sought an openingto sign the World Cup-winner and PSG can expect to coin a world record fee for the 22-year-old. Mbappé has still not committed to a new contract at the Parc des Princes with his current deal expiring in 2022.
Sergio Ramos could also enter the equation. The Real Madrid captain is also in a contract impasseand will be available on a free this summer if he does not renew.
Despite Ramos being a free agent, Madrid could conceivably smooth the Spain international’s passage to Paris if PSG are willing to listen to offers for Mbappé.