Despite being hit with Financial Fair Play sanctions, Paris Saint-Germain carried on their typically lavish transfer activity with the £40 million capture of David Luiz from Chelsea earlier this week.
Les Parisiens seemingly aren’t done shopping at Stamford Bridge either, with the French capital outfit said to be still keen on prising the heralded Eden Hazard away from the Blues.
However, with an imposed Champions League salary cap, fines and spending limits to contend with, the reality is that Laurent Blanc’s side simply cannot splash out for the Belgian.
And, according to Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, PSG already have a 'Plan B’ - Manchester United and Liverpool target Antonio Candreva of Lazio.
The 27-year-old reportedly attracted the attention of the Premier League duo with 12 goals and six assists for the Aquile in Serie A last season, with both clubs looking for a quality addition out wide.
Candreva, whose co-ownership with Udinese is set to be resolved this summer, is no cheap option himself for PSG, carrying a price-tag in the region of £16m.
According to Di Marzio, the Ligue 1 champions aren’t planning on paying his fee. Instead, the idea is to offer the out-of-form Javier Pastore - like Candreva, linked with Liverpool and United - in a swap deal.
Doing so would allow PSG to fork out no money up front while trading Pastore’s hefty £3.4m annual wage for the Italian’s far more modest salary demands.
The main sticking point is that Pastore would need to be convinced to leave the Parc des Princes with a pay-cut to accommodate Lazio’s financial capacities.
Exchanging the Argentine for Candreva would certainly work for PSG, with signing Hazard looking a bridge too far given the FFP restrictions.
Whether Pastore and Lazio can be persuaded to go along for the ride remains to be seen.