Report: PSG wanted to sign Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb before settling on Benjamin Stambouli

PSG wanted to sign one Tottenham player, before moving onto Stambouli.

According to ParisTeam, PSG wanted to sign Nabil Bentaleb this summer, before deciding to move for Benjamin Stambouli.

FranceFootball journalist Nabil Djellit also broke the news on Twitter, and it is stated that Spurs rejected all approaches for the Algerian midfielder, so PSG had to settle on Stambouli.

On paper, the Ligue 1 outfit have received a worse deal by signing Stambouli, although from the moment Bentaleb agreed his new contract earlier this summer, a move away from White Hart Lane was always unlikely.

Bentaleb, 20, has shown all the talent to be one of the best midfielders in world football, and his maturity and experience far exceed what they should be. He is a fantastic ball winner, but is not only restricted to the defensive side of the game, with a great forward thinking vision as well.

He is also well versed in the art of game management, and his vocal, no nonsense leadership ability should see him captaining the side in the future.

In signing Stambouli, PSG are getting a homegrown player - valuable for the Champions League - and a player who has proven himself in Ligue 1 before. He is still young, and was vice captain at Montpellier prior to his move to North London last summer.

The French club believe in what they are doing this summer, and Stambouli is an acceptable option to sign as a back-up player, having missed out on first choice target Bentaleb.

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