PSG has one of Europe's most star-studded squads. Their attacking wealth is borderline heinous, with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr., and Angel Di Maria operating up top. It's difficult to put together a better-curated ensemble, but Paris Saint-Germain did it by taking their time putting the pieces together. PSG must now concentrate on reducing their wage bill.
After a summer of significant strengthening in a variety of positions, the time has come for PSG to focus on cost-cutting.
They have a massive squad depth, and many players have already been designated as surplus to requirements. PSG has the opportunity to sell a few of their players during the January transfer window. Following the arrivals of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georgio Wijnaldum, and Achraf Hakimi in the summer, their wage bill has skyrocketed.
Without further ado, here are five PSG players who could leave in the January transfer window.
5. Layvin Kurzawa
Left-back Layvin Kurzawa is said to have been placed on the transfer list during the summer transfer window. The management's patience has worn thin due to the 29-year-consistent old's bouts with injuries.
With Nuno Mendes and Juan Bernat vying for the starting left-back spot, Kurzawa's future may lie outside of PSG. Due to various injuries, the 29-year-old was sidelined as many as four times during the 2020-21 season, missing nearly three months of action in total.
Olympique Lyon reportedly offered Kurzawa an exit route in the summer, but he reportedly had a falling out with their manager Peter Bosz during a phone call. Nuno Mendes, Juan Bernat, and Teddy Alloh provide adequate cover at left back for PSG. They will almost certainly accept offers for the Frenchman in January.
4. Leandro Paredes
Leandro Paredes, a PSG defensive midfielder, has struggled this season.
He was substituted at halftime of PSG's Champions League match against Club Brugge, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Pochettino has many options in midfield and has recently preferred Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye over Paredes. In defensive midfield, they also have Danilo Pereira as an option. Last summer, Paredes was linked with Inter Milan, but he chose to stay at PSG. However, the 27-year-old could change his mind in January because he possesses the talent to be a starter for a major European club.
3. Rafinha Alcantara
Rafinha Alcantara is a neat customer whose career did not take off due to ongoing injury issues.
A move to PSG in the summer of 2020, on the other hand, may not have been the best option for him.
He started only 15 league games and could have been of great service to another club where he would have received regular playing time. Pochettino does use Rafinha on occasion. However, he has far too many players capable of the spectacular in his squad for him to give the Brazilian more minutes than he already does. The 28-year-old La Masia graduate is a technically gifted footballer who will not be short of offers if he is placed on the market.
2. Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler's career has not taken off after being hailed as one of the biggest talents to come out of Germany in recent years. His incredible performances at Schalke and Wolfsburg seem like a distant memory, and the 28-year-old could benefit from a move to a slightly smaller team.
PSG has a plethora of attacking options. Draxler is currently under contract with the club until 2024, and PSG could free up some cash by selling him in January if he fetches a good price.
In 34 appearances across all competitions during the 2020-21 season, Draxler scored four goals and provided seven assists. The German international could also look to relaunch his career at a club where he starts more frequently, and it would be best for all parties involved to part ways in January.
1. Mauro Icardi
Not long ago, Mauro Icardi was one of Europe's most prolific goal scorers. However, the 28-year-abilities old's appear to have waned in recent years. In 28 appearances across all competitions for PSG last season, he managed just 13 goals and six assists.
Following Lionel Messi's arrival at the club, he is currently being used as a substitute. While Icardi is the only out-and-out striker in the squad, PSG may axe him to reduce their wage bill now that he is no longer untouchable. The Argentina international is also a high-earner, with a weekly salary of around £170,000. That is an excessive amount of money spent on a player who is primarily used as a substitute. If the right offer comes along, PSG will most likely part ways with him in January.