Luis Campos was appointed to PSG in the summer of 2022 with a clear mission: to reduce the size of the squad and bring in new players that would benefit the club. That didn't happen entirely, though, with PSG falling for loan deals instead of finding proper buyers for their players.
The majority of players were unable to find new clubs and instead were sent out on loan. Now, with the loan deals expiring, PSG will need to deal with the return of these players, with the aim of reducing their payroll while still maintaining a balanced squad.
More than a dozen players are set to return, including Mauro Icardi (Galatasaray), Abdou Diallo (Leipzig), Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Georginio Wijnaldum (Roma), Julian Draxler (Benfica), Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keylor Navas (Nott Forest), Layvin Kurzawa (Fulham), Colin Dagba (Strasbourg), and Edouard Michut (Sunderland).
Le Parisien reports that Pasquale Sensibile, PSG's scouting coordinator, who was brought in to assist Luis Campos in his task, has been keeping a close eye on the performances of these loaned players, none of whom has seemingly done enough to convince PSG to keep them in tow next year.
PSG will likely need to sell some of these players, even though they will have significant funds available during the upcoming transfer window.
For example, Leandro Paredes is unlikely to be kept by Juventus and the club will try to transfer him with one year left on his contract once he's back next July.
Similarly, Julian Draxler (Benfica), Colin Dagba (Strasbourg), and Abdou Diallo (Leipzig) were not very well at their clubs this season and may be on the move upon returning.
Georginio Wijnaldum has recently returned from a serious shin injury and AS Roma is hoping to lower the purchase option and sign him for free.
Layvin Kurzawa struggled with injuries in the Premier League and Edouard Michut has been performing well on loan at Sunderland, and with such a low-value buyout clause it's reasonable to expect him to stay in England.
There are some exceptions to that, though. Mauro Icardi has been performing exceptionally well with his current club, Galatasaray, scoring 14 goals in 20 matches, and would like to stay in Turkey even though PSG might entertain retaining him.
Dina Ebimbe, on loan at Frankfurt, is expected to be sold to the German club for around €6.5m.
One thing is clear, though, and it's that PSG will need to carefully manage the return of these players in order to maintain a balanced and competitive squad.