Uncertainty about PSG transfer plans to bolster defensive depth

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While rumors have circulated regarding the potential arrival of a defender during the upcoming winter transfer window, everything pointed toward a preference to use internal solutions to fix the defensive depth. That has changed of late.

Former Parisian player Jerome Rothen, speaking on Tuesday evening at RMC, assured that the arrival of a left-back is "already secured for this winter."

Despite the ongoing negotiations between PSG and Corinthians for the signing of 18-year-old midfielder Gabriel Moscardo, recent reports from Brazil and France suggest that he may not be the anticipated reinforcement, but only one of many.

The focus now appears to have shifted towards bolstering the defense first, adding a midfielder then and only if possible under the FFP rules. RMC Sport has pointed out, in fact, that PSG's interest in acquiring a left central defender or left back is the no. 1 priority of the French club for January's transfer market.

Rothern claimed that PSG has "identified an experienced left-footed central defender capable of playing as a left-back." Rothen didn't share any particular name, but he made sure to confirm that a deal is "ok and finalized" between PSG and the targeted defender and his club.

Rothen also revealed that PSG are "keen on recruiting an experienced midfielder," as he thinks the team wants "to facilitate the swift integration of these two new additions into the Parisian squad," even more under the guidance of such a detail-oriented manager as Luis Enrique.