Xavi Simons could return to PSG for chump change
Xavi Simons left PSG last summer and he's having a year for the ages at PSV Eindhoven, where he's become an unstoppable goalscorer. It's now been revealed that there is an incredibly cheap buyout clause attached to his contract with PSV that could help him return to PSG.
Simons has scored 17 goals in all competitions, including 14 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie this season. He's the top-flight division joint-top goalscorer along with Anastasios Douvikas of Utrecht, although Simons is by a mile the best U20 goalscorer in Europe these days.
The former Barcelona and PSG forward is under contract at PSV until June 2027. However, there is a buyout clause in PSG's favor baked into his deal that could allow him and his former team to bring him back to Paris this summer for the little amount of €12m if both parties agree to it.
Of course, PSG would benefit massively from signing Simons back at that price. Any other club trying to acquire the young talent would need to pay around three times that valuation in order to extract him from PSV this summer considering his huge potential.
According to the Dutch media, this clause can only be activated during the next transfer window, and it would give PSG priority in case they want to bring him back. That is, however, if the player wants to activate that lever as the buyout can only be mutually executed.
It's hard to see Simons wanting to come back to PSG after he appeared in just 6 Ligue 1 games last season (128 minutes) and a meager 3 in the lesser Coupe de France (190).
Simons would favor playing (and starting games) on the left wing while drifting toward the center of the pitch. That, of course, clashes with both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar under the current PSG squad and best formation.
Although PSG would then have three players for one single position, it is believed that the French club highly rates Simons and that the player appeal, most of all, sporting advisor Luis Campos.
As far as the player's decision goes, it's believed that Simons is delaying his decision and that he hasn't taken a firm position on the matter yet. According to reports, he prefers to wait and see who becomes the next manager of PSG and how the squad shapes before making a decision.