As each day passes, it seems unlikely that Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna will be playing at the Emirates next season. Many names have been mentioned as a replacement; Serge Aurier, Calum Chambers and Seamus Coleman to name a few. Today another target, Lukasz Piszczek, has been linked by Italian news-site Sport Mediaset to French side Paris Saint-Germain as the Ligue 1 champions try to steal a march on the North-London club.
The Polish defender is under contract until 2017 and would likely cost Arsenal or PSG around €15 million if they were to try and steal him away from Borussia Dortmund. This season the 28-year-old defender has made 12 Bundesliga appearances, scoring once, and he would be a great addition to either side, but perhaps if the Parisian’s came calling, he will find it hard to resist.
Although he played his youth football in Poland, his first professional club was in Germany at Hertha BSC, he was immediately loaned back to Poland with Zaglebie Lubin. In the winter of 2007 he was recalled to Germany and went on to play 68 games for the side from the capital. Amazingly, Hertha let the right-back leave on a free-transfer, and Dortmund have been counting their luck ever since. 106 appearances, two Bundesliga titles, and a DFB-Pokal cup later, Piszczek could be ready to move on.
Paris are in the market for a right-back as they try and strengthen their playing squad further. Current right-back Gregory van der Wiel has been superb this season, but in Christophe Jallet they feel they don’t have the quality back-up they need to challenge on all fronts.
They have already been linked with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Pablo Zabaleta from Manchester City and young players such as Kyle Walker and Ricardo van Rhijn. Piszczek would be an ideal fit at PSG; he is experienced in the Champions League and with two titles in Germany he has the winning mentality that the French side are trying to build at the Parc des Princes.
If Arsenal and PSG both bid for the same player, it would be interesting to see who the Polish player chose. The Premier League has its own attraction, but the lights of Paris and a genuine attempt to win the Champions League could be too good to resist.