French outfit Paris Saint-Germain are looking to reduce their number of players by offloading the squad come January transfer window according to french media outlet L’Equipe.
The Paris based side have on their list a host of names of players who have not seen minutes of action and have slim chances of making Matchday squads. Players such as Rafinha Alcantara, Layvin Kurzawa, Sergio Rico, Mauro Icardi and academy graduates such as Colin Dagba and Eric Junior Dina Ebimba have been talked about.
Left-back Layvin Kurzawa had initially extended his contract to 2024 last year, having notably turned down a move to Lyon last summer. The Frenchman now seems to be well out of favour seeing just 9 minutes of play this season with new signing Nuno Mendes performing brilliantly.
Another name on the list is Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico. With the arrival of Gianluigi Donnarumma over the summer, the Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order as first choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas is also in the tray of choices for Pochettino. The only stumbling block though is the former Sevilla man’s salary.
Former Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is another big name who could pack his bags this winter. Although the situation is more complex – despite the Argentine’s personal issues off the pitch and his misfiring form, retaining a number 9 to complement their 4-pronged attack remains important for PSG. The striker is more likely to walk in January if an exciting offer comes in for him even though the market for strikers is unlikely to budge in January.
In the case of Brazilian midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, he is aware, having spoken to management, that PSG are not counting on him, nor is Mauricio Pochettino intent on involving him in his plans. Having last featured for the Les Parisiens since mid-October, the former Barca player who is a popular figure in the dressing room will be weighing his options of finding a new club.
The list will also accomodate defender Abdou Diallo who has also gone down in the pecking order since the start of the season even though he will leave in January to play in the African Cup of Nations, he won’t be nursing hopes of returning to Paris to play. He has attracted interest from the Premier League, although a summer move is likelier but a winter move can’t be ruled out.
Meanwhile, youth academy products Eric Junior Dina Ebimba and Colin Dagba could also be set the leave, the former as a loan deal after being involved in several matches this season. Dagba is aware that he is behind in the right-back hierarchy, and is looking at the market along with agent Pini Zahavi.
PSG have a comfortable lead in the Ligue-1 and have qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions league and will know their opponents come Monday when the draws are made.