Paris Saint-Germain succeeded in their main goal for this season by claiming the Ligue 1 title for the first time under the ownership of their mega rich Qatari investors.
Now perhaps is the biggest task; sustaining that success.
Already stumbling blocks have emerged toward next season with question marks hanging over the futures of their manager Carlo Ancelotti and star play and top goal-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
One area of the team where they are widely expected to reinforce is in the heart of midfield.; where at times they did appear to be light on numerous occasions in that position.
Now it appears the club are being linked with two players with Chelsea previous in order to plug that gap.
Much has been made of the Serbian midfield talent recently after Chelsea went on to face Benfica in the Europa League final.
Since the talented enforcer was allowed to join Benfica as part of the deal that saw David Luiz come to Chelsea he has become one of Europe’s most wanted talents with Manchester United strongly linked with his signature.
The other player is Paulinho. During the FIFA Club World Cup when Chelsea did battle with his club Corinthians they were strongly linked with making a move for the Brazilian international as a replacement for Frank Lampard; who back then still looked as if he was heading for the exit door.
Now while that may have been a rumour by proximity it was still well covered across the board in the media.
This week the Portuguese publication A Bola commented that both were potential transfer targets for PSG.
But as we already know neither will come cheap.
Benfica have a €50 million release clause in Matic’s contract that keep him well guarded from outside interest while Paulinho is protected in an entirely different way.
With his player rights split between multiple ownerships transfer negotiations between Corinthians for his signature can be extremely difficult; as Inter Milan have previously discovered.
The fact is neither comes cheap.
But neither is reportedly PSG’s first choice. The report claims that privilege lies at the door of FC Porto midfielder Fernando.
But it goes to show how intriguing the transfer activity of PSG might be this summer as they look to bring in more talent capable of taken them to the next level; talent that will come at a price.
Do you think Matic and Paulinho are good enough for PSG?
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