Leandro Paredes return to PSG looking imminent, says insider

Leandro Paredes, PSG | FC Nantes v Juventus: Knockout Round Play-Off Leg Two - UEFA Europa League
Leandro Paredes, PSG | FC Nantes v Juventus: Knockout Round Play-Off Leg Two - UEFA Europa League / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

Leandro Paredes was one of the players PSG wanted to get rid of last summer. The Argentina international arrived at Juventus on loan with a purchase option. But nothing has gone according to plan in Italy and the Argentine could leave Turin ahead of next season.

Left out of Christophe Galtier's plans at the start of the season, Paredes was loaned out to Juventus last summer. After a promising start, the midfielder was injured and lost his place in the Vecchia Signora's starting XI.

Since the start of the season, he has appeared in 22 games in all competitions, providing one assist. He has only started 11 times (1039 minutes of play).

Due to the economic difficulties and the poor performance of the Argentine world champion, Juventus were hesitant to exercise the purchase option of €22M to acquire the services of the midfielder in full.

Juventus would not sign Leandro Paredes; return to PSG imminent

According to information from Fabrizio Romano, as things stand, Juventus would not have the intention of exercising the purchase option on Paredes' contract to keep him on their squad next season.

Paredes still has a contract with the Parisian team until June 2024. Whether PSG wants to extend that deal or not any further, assuming Juventus don't retain him, is another completely different story.

The past isn't working in Paredes' favor, of course, provided Galtier didn't want him around his project. That said, PSG would be nearing malpractice by not extending/trying to sell him for a fee instead of letting him go for free a year from now.

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The decision is not yet final and, therefore, there will be no immediate announcement on this subject until the end of the Serie A season. The former AS Roma player and one of Lionel Messi's besties should return to PSG at the end of this 2022-23 campaign.