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Transfers – PSG: Back to the worst transfer window of the QSI era
It’s a fact, PSG has always been used to experiencing relatively turbulent summer transfer window periods, which unfold with varying degrees of success. But the 2016 vintage, led by Patrick Kluivert as director of football, turned out to be particularly disappointing.
During the transfer window summer 2016, the PSG started a new cycle with the appointment ofUnai Emery instead of Laurent Blanc as a coach, as well as the departure of the iconic Zlatan Ibrahimovic that it was imperative to replace on the front of the attack. However, the director of football at the time, Patrick Kluivertchained the flops that summer on the transfer market.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Recruited by the PSG following a remarkable season carried out under the orders of Claude Puel at theOGC Nice (18 goals, 7 assists in Ligue 1), Hatem Ben Arfa was supposed to transform the test in the capital and finally confirm that he was a player of great talent cut for the highest European level. But the experience quickly turned into a fiasco for the French striker, quickly dismissed by Unai Emery and deemed totally out of shape physically by the Spanish coach of the PSG. Despite his desperate attempts to try and convince the capital club to give him a chance, such as a video posted on social media in March 2017 in which he publicly begged for playing time, Ben Arfa never found his place PSG and will go free in the summer of 2018.
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Recruited by the PSG who had not hesitated to drop 25M€ to buy out his last year of contract at real Madrid, Jesse was meant to digitally replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But this daring move, which had already surprised more than one at the time, quickly turned into a fiasco for the PSG. In the end, the Spanish striker, totally out of shape and overweight in the capital, will only have played 18 official matches and scored 2 goals with the PSG. From then on, Jesé wandered from loan to loan before his contract was finally terminated in December 2020.
In line with the arrival ofUnai Emery on the bench of PSG coming from Sevilla FCthe recruitment of Grzegorz Krychowiak made sense since the Polish midfielder had just spent two seasons under the Spanish coach with the Andalusian club, in addition to a convincing Euro 2016 with his national team. the PSG did not hesitate to sign a check for €30 million to complete this recruitment, but the experience of Krychowiak did not really go as planned at the Parc des Princes. Disappointing on a sporting level, he was quickly left out by Emery before chaining the loans and being resold for 10M€ in the summer of 2019, in Lokomotiv Moscow.
In the end, the only satisfaction of this transfer window summer 2016 for the PSG will remain the recruitment of Thomas Millerwho had been drawn from Club Brugge for only €6m before quickly establishing himself as a potential starter in the right-back position.