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The 5 unwelcome stars of PSG and where they could go


The Thomas Tuchel era ended at Paris Saint-Germain just before Christmas, and the start of 2021 saw the German replaced by Mauricio Pochettino as planned.

The former Tottenham boss has stepped down since his dismissal by Daniel Levy in November 2019 and is leading a squad brimming with world-class talent.

However, there are also a number of players free to leave the club, with L’Equipe naming five stars that PSG have made available for a transfer in the January window in a bid to raise funds. Let’s take a look at who they are and where they might end up.

Paris Saint-Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1
Draxler has been associated with a selection of clubs | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

Draxler joined PSG from Wolfsburg in 2017, but has been limited to just five starts this season.

The World Cup winner’s current contract expires in June 2021 and he is therefore now free to negotiate a pre-contract with whomever he chooses. However, reports from L’Equipe and Le Parisien suggest he has no interest in leaving the French capital in January.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via TEAMtalk), Leeds are once again potential contenders – after being linked with a move for Draxler in the previous window – but could face competition from Hertha BSC, in addition to Inter and its rivals from the city of Milan.

Paris Saint Germain v Istanbul Basaksehir - UEFA Champions League
Paredes has been linked with move to Italy | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

Paredes has also seen his playing time restricted this season, starting only five times in Ligue 1 so far. The Argentinian was the third most expensive signing in Tuchel’s tenure, moving to Zenit’s PSG in a € 40million deal in 2019.

Reports in France have suggested Inter may be open to a decision from the midfielder as part of a swap deal, with Christian Eriksen going in the opposite direction to end his miserable period in Italy and team up with his former Spurs boss Pochettino.

However, Le Parisien (via Get French Football News) reports that like Draxler, Paredes has no plans to leave PSG in January – and is delighted to team up with compatriot Pochettino in the French capital. His contract expires in June 2023.

Paris Saint-Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1
Gueye still has two years on his contract with PSG | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

Gueye joined PSG from Everton in a £ 30million transfer in the summer of 2019 and has been in and out of the squad this season, starting eight of their 17 Ligue 1 appearances.

Le10Sport reported in August that Manchester United and Wolves are keen to bring the defensive midfielder back to the Premier League.

however, The team report that there are no current offers for Gueye and that he would only consider leaving for another big European club. His contract with PSG expires in 2023.

Thilo Kehrer
Kehrer was used sparingly by PSG | Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images

Kehrer joined PSG from Schalke for € 37million in 2018 but has spent much of his time in the French capital warming up the bench, starting just six games in all competitions this season.

The Sun briefly mentioned Chelsea as a potential destination for the defender, who – at 24 – could replace Thiago Silva in the long term. However, the move only fit into the hypothetical and protracted scenario of replacing Blues boss Frank Lampard with Thomas Tuchel – the man who brought Kehrer to PSG in the first place.

He was also linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the 2020 summer transfer window, and his five-year contract with PSG expires in 2023.

Ander Herrera
Herrera had an injured first season at PSG | Xavier Laine / Getty Images

Herrera joined PSG from Manchester United in the summer of 2019 but saw his first season at the Parc des Princes severely disrupted by various hamstring, thigh and calf injuries.

The midfielder is one appearance to equal his tally from last season (22) – but has only started two of PSG’s last seven outings in Ligue 1.

L’Equipe report that PSG are ready to let the 31-year-old go if a club comes up with a suitable offer. However, Herrera still has four years to run on the five-year deal he signed upon joining the club, and there is little talk on paper linking him to an interest elsewhere.