Lyon forward Rayan Cherki is PSG's main transfer target
According to multiple reports, Olympique Lyon's Rayan Cherki is the no. 1 target on PSG's radar to bolster the forward line through the January transfer market. The 19-year-old forward would arrive in replacement of the departing Pablo Sarabia before the end of the month.
Loic Tanzi of RMC Sport and L'Equipe revealed on Wednesday morning the interest of Paris Saint-Germain in acquiring the youngster from Olympique Lyon before the window closes early next week.
The coach of PSG, Christophe Galtier, revealed in recent press conferences that the no. 1 priority of his club is to sign "a winger" before adding a defender like Milan Skriniar. This means that PSG are more interested in landing Cherki from Lyon than paying Inter for the right to get Skriniar for the second half of the season.
PSG submitted an initial offer for Lyon's Rayan Cherki last weekend, negotiations advancing
Cherki still is 18 months from the end of his contract with OL running out, which gives Lyon room for negotiating a proper transfer fee if PSG want to land the forward.
Tanzi reports that an offer was already submitted by PSG over the weekend, which was seemingly rejected by OL while demanding a higher bid to be made by PSG if they want to poach their young player. It's been reported, though, that PSG can't spend more than something in the ballpark of €10-15M this winter because of Financial Fair Play restrictions.
According to L'Equipe, PSG's sporting director Luis Campos has been tracking Cherki for a while and likes his ability to play through all positions along the forward line. It's also been reported that Kylian Mbappe has green-lighted the transfer, with the World Cup winner weighing heavily on PSG's organigram and decisions since signing his extension last summer.
Lyon is willing to enter negotiations and sell Cherki to PSG, but so far there is no agreement in place between both French clubs with OL demanding a stronger economical offer from the club based in Paris.