Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has a tough task this January. Before the former France boss can make any moves in the transfer market, he has to first convince the people in charge that his side needs reinforcements. With one of the players he is most interested in, is former Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne.
After initially joining Chelsea in January of 2012, it wasn’t until the summer that the Belgian made the move to London, but things never quite worked out at Stamford Bridge. The former Genk midfielder only made three appearances for the Blues, but has gone on to play over 30 times for both Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
Since making the permanent move to Wolfsburg from Chelsea, De Bruyne has been superb. He is now in his second season and has scored nine goals and racked up 18 assists in all competitions.
It’s easy to see why Blanc would want the young Belgian. PSG has lacked creativity and invention this season and when things aren’t going their way, they are void of ideas on how to change it. That alone should be enough reason to convince QSI that investment is needed in January.
Blanc’s other problem is going to be getting round the Financial Fair Play restrictions. PSG would need to sell in order to bring in a high-profile signing like De Bruyne. They would love to find suitors for Ezequiel Lavezzi, but there is now talk that Blanc is not against the idea of selling Edinson Cavani, if someone was to offer silly money for the Uruguayan.
If Manchester United were to offer the rumoured £50 million for the 27-year-old striker, it seems that PSG’s stance has changed and they would be willing to sell. That would then enable Blanc to go and sign one or two players to rejuvenate his side.
PSG dropped to third place on Sunday and will stay there until the league restarts in January. Blanc needs to breathe some life into his team to kick start 2015. When Chelsea travel to the Parc des Princes in February there is a chance that another one of their former players could line up against them if Blanc gets his way.