PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaïfi has targeted the Atletico duo to take PSG to the next level in the Champions League
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is PSG's number one target
Chairman Nasser al-Khelaïfi is thought to be ready to give current manager Laurent Blanc the axe, speaking of ‘big changes’ earlier in the week after a season that, for the mega-rich Qatari owner, has fallen well short of expectations.
The Doha based billionaire has targeted success in the Champions League, but another season of disappointment, crashing out to Manchester City in the quarter-finals, has meant that despite another domestic treble under Blanc change is being sought.
Nasser al-Khelaïfi has spent big before and is set to do the same again
And first on the list is Atletico Madrid’s Diego SImeone, who has worked wonders on a relatively small budget in comparison to the riches of al-Khelaïfi’s PSG.
Simeone has spent five years now at the Vicente Calderon, and has overseen a remarkable rise in stature for Los Colchoneros, challenging the Spanish monopolising of a silverware by Barcelona and Real Madrid with a Copa Del Rey win, and incredible La Liga triumph in 2014 as well as falling short to two Champions League finals.
Along with Simeone, al-Khelaïfi is also thought to be interested in bringing Atletico’s star forward Antoine Griezmann to PSG.
Atletico's Antoine Griezmann is also a PSG target
With marquee player Zlatan Ibrahimovic departing this summer, possibly to Manchester United, al-Khelaïfi is prepared to spend big to bring in another superstar name to fill the void left by the Swede, and the French forward is apparently that man.
Neither Simeone nor Griezmann have been said to be keen on a move away from Madrid, however PSG are prepared to spend big on the duo, either willing to meet their release clauses, with Griezmann’s thought to be around the €80 million together, or going beyond that to land the duo, which could see fees spiralling to beyond €100 million.
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It will not be cheap to get rid of Laurent Blanc either, for the former French international defender has three years remaining on his contract, and to terminate it could cost in excess of €20 million.
Whatever the outcome, nonetheless, it is clear that PSG mean business this summer.