Premier League players Mauricio Pochettino set to try to sign January transfer window
As Mauricio Pochettino begins his tenure as manager of Paris Saint-Germain, ties with Premier League players during the January transfer window are inevitable.
Some ties will make absolutely no sense, but there is a whole range of players in England’s top flight that Pochettino will have worked with before or against who could add quality and value to his new squad.
90 mins examines the best options that PSG should analyze and look to bring to Parc des Princes during the current transfer window.
The most obvious transfer goal for Pochettino is undoubtedly going to come from his former Spurs side.
Dele Alli has struggled under Jose Mourinho in north London and just like Pochettino did, it looks like he needs a change of scenery to get back on track. A leading team in Europe where he will have the freedom to take the ball and attack, under the guidance of a coach who knows him better than anyone, it could be a deal made in heaven.
PSG lack creativity in the midfield and Dele is likely to push for a move this month, so Poch is expected to make the move, whether on loan or permanent.
PSG must add firepower to their front line and Sergio Aguero’s contract expires at the end of the season.
There are rumors that Pochettino wants the deal to come to fruition this summer, but with Mauro Icardi battling for fitness, PSG have often been forced to rely on Moise Kean to lead the line this season.
Aguero would be a short term fix with a lot of money, but PSG have money to burn and he’s an instant upgrade from their current center-forward options. It is obvious.
Brighton’s best midfielder, Yves Bissouma’s performance this season has seen him appear on the radar of many big clubs.
Defensively, he was excellent in his reading of the game and his willingness to be aggressive in the tackle, but he also showed good technical side to his game.
His passing is great, his positioning is good, he is athletic and he shouldn’t be too expensive. Bissouma could be a great signing to bolster an outdated midfielder.
After starting his career in Lille, Lucas Digne joined PSG and played in the French capital for three seasons before joining Barcelona.
He never really managed to do it in Spain, then moved on to Everton where he is now recognized as one of the best full-backs in the league. Throughout this period, PSG have failed to really replace him.
Worthy would be a huge upgrade over their current left-back options and while it’s likely to be costly since his contract runs until 2023, Pochettino would be crazy not to at least make an effort to bring him in.
PSG have two locked top center-backs, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe undisputed in their roles. Beyond those two though, the Parisian’s options seem bare.
Rudiger fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard and was due to leave by the summer deadline, but nothing came of it.
He has only made six appearances this season and Pochettino could try to lure an experienced international to PSG on the cheap, or on loan, with the promise of more playing time.