Report: PSG will try to sign a left-back in January

AC Milan v Paris Saint-Germain: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
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In light of Nuno Mendes' prolonged absence, PSG has relied on Lucas Hernandez as the left-back this season. However, defensive struggles made evident in recent matches against Milan and Newcastle have prompted considerations for a left-back recruitment during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Luis Enrique, though emphasizing team control issues after the San Siro clash, has not explicitly addressed the defensive struggles at any point through the first three months of the season, despite PSG conceding 13 goals in 15 matches across competitions.

The club appears to be proactive in addressing the concern, with reports from L'Equipe suggesting PSG has already secured the signing of a left back this winter. RMC also acknowledges the potential arrival of a defensive player, although they remain ambiguous about the specific position.

While Lucas Hernandez has filled in admirably in Mendes' absence, the Frenchman's potential move to his preferred central position could be facilitated by the arrival of a new left-back.

This would allow him to compete with Marquinhos and Milan Skriniar in the center of the defense. The imminent return of Presnel Kimpembe adds further depth to the defensive rotation.

Although specific names for the left-back position remain undisclosed, Mathias Olivera of Napoli and Quentin Merlin of FC Nantes have been loosely associated with PSG.

Layvin Kurzawa, another left-back option already under contract at PSG, appears to be on the periphery, having played only nine minutes in an official match since August 2021 and omitted from the Champions League squad.