With PSG taking on bottom-dwellers Angers on Wednesday and Neymar and Lionel Messi back available, the openings in the lineup have suddenly dried for the reserves of PSG. Pablo Sarabia, who has often been criticized by media and fans this season, might be on his way out of Paris sooner than later.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday as part of the PSG pre-match press conference before hosting Angers at the Parc des Princes, Christophe Galtier was asked about Pablo Sarabia's struggles this campaign.
The coach acknowledged that "Sarabia is a player who has not played much" and that "it is always difficult to quickly find a form on that type of role" when it comes to his players.
"I have seen the criticism (on Sarabia's form). He can't be satisfied with the performances he has had, but I think the criticism was, in my opinion, exaggerated," said Galtier. The truth is that Galtier hasn't used Sarabia that much through the season, let alone before the World Cup break.
According to a report published by the French newspaper L'Equipe on Wednesday, the Spaniard is the subject of several offers and could leave Paris this month if a good-enough offer is submitted to PSG.
Pablo Sarabia has multiple suitors, could leave PSG later this month
A few days ago, in another press conference and asked about the possibility of PSG signing players through the January transfer window, Galtier already announced that "there will be no arrival without departure." That implies Christophe Galtier is, as he has already stated, satisfied with his current group of first-team players. Thus, PSG won't enter the market barring the sale of any of their players.
Already 30 years old, Sarabia has struggled to find a place at PSG that pleases his wishes of playing time and role prominence.
According to L'Equipe, one of the cited suitors for the Spanish forward might be Sevilla, who needs reinforcements to improve on their 17th La Liga position in the second half of the season. Another obvious solution goes through a return to Sporting CP in Portugal, where Sarabia already played on loan last season.
Ruben Amorim, the coach of Sporting, has said that the idea of bringing Sarabia back isn't bad, but he also made it clear that they need to look for "the best for Sporting, and sometimes it does not happen."
"I change my mind several times but, given the disadvantage we have against other clubs, it is important to think about these players," added Amorim.
Even if Sarabia leaves PSG this winter, it's hard to see reinforcements arriving to bolster the forward line with the trio of Messi, Neymar, and soon Kylian Mbappe back and available. One thing is clear, though, and it's that Sarabia seems to have his days in Paris numbered.