PSG would look for a left-back in the winter transfer window

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Faced with the prolonged absence of Nuno Mendes, Luis Enrique has relied on Lucas Hernandez as the left-back since the start of the season. However, PSG is already exploring the possibility of signing a player to cover this position in the upcoming winter transfer window.

Last Tuesday, at San Siro, PSG once again displayed its defensive vulnerabilities when facing Milan, a situation that had already become evident a few weeks earlier in the match against Newcastle in the Champions League, where the Parisian team was defeated. Despite these defensive difficulties, Luis Enrique did not explicitly mention the issues in his team's defense, even though they have conceded 13 goals in 15 matches across all competitions.

The Parisian club seems to be taking steps to address this problem. According to reports from L'Equipe, PSG has announced its intentions to sign a left-back during the winter transfer window. RMC also mentions the possibility of a defensive signing in the upcoming winter market, although it's unclear whether this leans toward a left-back or a central defender. However, the French radio's information is less specific than that of the sports newspaper when it comes to the winter transfer market.

Lucas Hernandez, despite primarily playing as a left-back due to Nuno Mendes' absence, is also starting to show signs of fatigue. Bringing in a new player for this position would allow Hernandez to return to his preferred position in the center of the defense, competing with players like Marquinhos and Milan Skriniar. Additionally, it's expected that Presnel Kimpembe will return to competition soon.

Who could strengthen PSG's left-back position?

Although specific names of left-backs currently on PSG's radar haven't been disclosed, some names have been mentioned in connection with the club, such as Mathias Olivera, a player from Napoli, and Quentin Merlin from FC Nantes. According to reports from Foot Mercato, Merlin was offered to PSG, but this doesn't necessarily imply that the club is interested in signing him, as the French defender has also been linked with other European teams.

It's worth noting that PSG already has Layvin Kurzawa as a left-back in their squad. However, Kurzawa doesn't appear to be considered a serious candidate for the position, as he was not included in the Champions League squad and has had limited participation with the team.