Paris Saint-Germain was thought to have achieved the most impressive transfer window in their history in 2017 when they recruited Neymar and Kylian Mbappé for € 400m. But this year, a year and a half away from the World Cup in Qatar, QSI has decided to hit hard again. After putting € 60 million on the table to enlist Achraf Hakimi, the capital club continued by jumping on several stars free of any contract: Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos.
And then the PSG took advantage of the incredible turnaround to which FC Barcelona suffered to sign a real masterstroke. Four years after snatching Neymar from the Blaugranas, the Rouge-et-Bleu have this time rubbed their hands by witnessing the financial sinking of Barça to steal the best player in its history: Lionel Messi. At 34, the Argentinian will soon set foot on the lawns of Ligue 1. An unimaginable scenario that will become reality.
In Spain, it is necessarily the soup to the grimace, even if seeing Messi land at PSG did not surprise anyone. Indeed, if a small hope of seeing Barcelona find a last-ditch deal still existed despite the announcement of Messi’s departure, the Pulga’s farewell organized last Sunday has cooled the most optimistic. What to feed a resentment vis-à-vis PSG? Not really. If several observers continue to repeat that the support of Qatar allows the Rouge-et-Bleu to have a considerable advantage over the competition, the club of the capital is above all a sensation … and scares!
Paris is scary
« It’s not that it’s scary, it’s more than that: the 11 type of PSG with Messi that nobody could imagine », written for example AS. « PSG, with Messi, Neymar and Mbappé in attack, made up one of the most feared teams in the world », highlighted Sport. Even in Mexico, Medio Tiempo can’t believe it « Paris to mount an armada for free » (players free from any contract). Ditto for the Catalan media L’Esportiu : “A PSG back in orbit. After two summers made up of functional recruits, the Parisian team is showing its most ambitious face. «
Finally, for its part, the Madrid daily Marca did not fail to stir the knife in the wound of Catalan supporters. “The nightmare continues for FC Barcelona supporters. A few days after the confirmation of Messi’s departure, the Argentinian reached an agreement with PSG. The French club, which snatched Neymar with millions, this time recruiting the native of Rosario without paying transfer compensation ”. Let it be said, since 2017, PSG has never ceased to mark Spain with a hot iron.