The season is over for Presnel Kimpembe, who is not even sure of returning in time for the next one. Luis Campos has decided to act to strengthen PSG in defense, despite the announced arrival of Milan Skriniar.
Considered one of the masters of the transfer market after his successful stints in Monaco and then Lille, Luis Campos changed dimension by signing for PSG. If he had already given his advice to major European clubs like Real Madrid in the past, he is now responsible for recruitment but also for departures. For the moment, his choices are disputed and the contribution of recruits is not satisfactory. In midfield, the rare pearl has not been found even if Fabian Ruiz gives hope after his big match at the Vélodrome against OM. But in defense, the fiasco is total with the failure to recruit a central back, which Christophe Galtier had nevertheless requested from the start of the season. Milan Skriniar didn’t come this winter either, which made people cringe. As a result, PSG find themselves too tight in defense, especially with the injury of Presnel Kimpembe.
Victim of a total rupture of the Achilles tendon against OM, the French international will not return this season, and must even observe a period without competition of six months if he wants to return without taking the risk of a relapse. What upset the plans of the Paris transfer window. Because Kimpembe had made an extension his priority, even putting pressure on his leaders before getting injured for the first time in the fall and therefore missing the World Cup. With the arrival of Milan Skriniar and the uncertain situation of Sergio Ramos, Luis Campos is a bit lost. But according to Le Parisien, he has nevertheless activated his network to recruit a new central defender next summer.
Finally a good pick for Luis Campos?
In addition to Milan Skriniar, rightly presented as a safe bet in Europe, the leader of PSG is heading towards the Iberian Peninsula, as he is often used to. The Ile-de-France newspaper points out that, to replace Presnel Kimpembe, the capital club will go for two players as a priority. This is Pau Torres, solid bulwark of Villarreal who often appears with the Spanish selection. At 26, the 1.91 m defender has the advantage of being left-handed, and will be one year from the end of his contract next June. Until now, that hasn’t stopped Villarreal from demanding 50 million euros to let him go, but without an extension, this sum will inevitably be revised downwards.
THE @PSG_inside launches its renewal campaign for the 2023-2024 season! ⤵️
— Paris Saint Germain (@PSG_inside) March 1, 2023
In any case, it will be necessary to pay a large amount to bring in a central defender, since the other target is Gonçalo Inacio, great hope of Portuguese football. The rear of Sporting Portugal has stood out this season in the Champions League, and at 21 has a profile that makes Luis Campos salivate. As usual with Portuguese clubs, the price is already approaching 30 million euros with a release clause of 45 ME. But so far, Luis Campos has had no trouble convincing PSG leaders to bet big when it came to recruiting in Portugal or Spain.