PSG tracking Man City, Bayern Munich defenders
If PSG have lacked something this season amid the unstoppable stream of injuries affecting their players, that's been defensive players. Judging by the latest reports emerging from France, though, Luis Campos is already working on signing a pair of new center-backs from a top-tier club.
As always when Paris Saint-Germain disappoints, rumors start popping. That, along with the lack of depth in the current squad, has forced sporting advisor Luis Campos to start working early on identifying potential transfer targets.
In a report published by L'Equipe on Sunday, the French newspaper mentions two transfers that would please PSG ahead of next season: Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte and Bayern Munich's Lucas Hernandez, both internationals with Spain and France respectively.
The newspaper also revealed that Luis Campos intends to work with PSG in bringing a coach to replace Christophe Galtier that still wants to play the 3-5-2 formation, making way for Laporte and/or Hernandez.
Laporte is 28 years old and is under contract at Manchester City until 2025, while Hernandez is 27 and signed until 2024. This means that it should be easier (in theory) to sign Hernandez from Bayern for a more reasonable transfer fee than Laporte, considering the German side might prefer that instead of losing Hernandez for nothing in less than 14 months.
"The targeted profile seems to be that of a left-footed defender," wrote L'Equipe. "Laporte and Hernandez have popped up while Campos continues to work around the 3-5-2 formation as the preferred system for PSG next season."
According to L'Equipe, Campos is probing the center-back market to start taking the temperature of it and find out if there is "any opportunity" worth pursuing by PSG on top of adding Milan Skriniar, who already signed with the club.
It's worth remembering that reinforcements will be needed, mostly because Presnel Kimpembe is out for the season and will rejoin the team with the 2023/24 campaign already started, and Sergio Ramos is out of contract next June.
Other possibilities mentioned in earlier weeks by different media include Pau Torres (Villarreal), although it's believed that he would prefer to join Barcelona. That could also be the case with Laporte, although FFP issues might block Barcelona from signing any of those players.