PSG ready to sell World Cup winner next summer

Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes, PSG, Argentina
Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes, PSG, Argentina / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

After a year-long spell in Italy's Serie A playing for Juventus in the Italian top-flight division on loan, PSG are seemingly willing to sell one of their Argentine World Cup winners to the fallen giants from the Mediterranean coast according to the latest reports.

Leonardo Paredes, the Argentina international and world champion, finds himself on the outskirts of the Paris Saint-Germain squad. Having been loaned to Juventus with an option to buy, it appears that the Italian club is unlikely to exercise that option.

PSG, determined to offload the midfielder, is actively seeking his departure during the upcoming summer transfer window, even if that means selling him for peanuts to Juventus so the Italian side don't have to execute the initial

Paredes joined PSG in 2019 with high hopes, aiming to cement his position alongside Marco Verratti in the Rouge & Bleu midfield. However, the Argentine international has struggled to establish himself as an indispensable starter. Not included in the capital club's plans last summer, Paredes was loaned to Juventus with an option for the Italy side to buy the player €22m this summer.

Despite a promising start to the season, injuries and a dip in form resulted in Paredes losing his place in the starting lineup of Juventus. With the season about to finish, reports from Relevo suggest that Juventus has no intention of exercising the purchase option for the former AS Roma player, although PSG might entertain the idea of selling him to the Serie A team for a lower price.

With a contract that extends until June 2024, Paredes is expected to return to Paris at the conclusion of his loan spell by the end of next month. However, his return may be short-lived. PSG's leadership, once again, does not see the World Cup winner as an integral part of their plans.

According to Matteo Moretto of Relevo, the Argentine midfielder will be placed on the transfer market by PSG at a remarkably low price, with favorable conditions intended to facilitate his departure.

Moretto adds that negotiations will be necessary regarding Paredes' high salary in order for him to secure a new club and continue his career. It is believed that if Paredes is available for cheap, Juventus will jump at the opportunity and keep him in Turin ahead of next season by purchasing his rights from PSG.

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As the summer transfer window approaches, Paredes finds himself at a crossroads. It remains to be seen which club will be willing to acquire his services and whether he can revitalize his career in a new environment, and whether or not he will keep calling Turin his home.