Paris Saint-Germain are firmly main the hunt for the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and will pay as much as €85 million to signal him, based on an ESPN FC supply.
After a disappointing season, which solely noticed Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions success, house owners Qatar Sports activities Investments (QSI) have obtained a wake-up name louder than the one they did not heed final summer time after UEFA Champions League disappointment.
The PSG venture wants reinvigorating and Aubameyang is seen as one of many key elements of that course of, together with incoming sporting director Antero Henrique and OGC Good midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is one other participant the French capital outfit have their eye on to assist them revons plus grand (the membership’s motto of “dream larger”) as soon as extra, however the Chile attacker is much less more likely to arrive at Parc des Princes than the Gabon worldwide.
No matter Sanchez, Aubameyang appears to be like more likely to be PSG’s first big-money signing of the summer time. The proposed acquisition of the 27-year-old is an enormous assertion from the lately deposed former Ligue 1 champions, who’ve been missing in assault since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United on a free switch final summer time.
Edinson Cavani has discovered his ft as soon as once more up high and is firmly again amongst Europe’s elite strikers after a stellar marketing campaign — 49 targets throughout all competitions — however exterior of the Uruguay worldwide, there may be little depth via the center.
Contemplating his popularity, the variety of golf equipment interested by him and the truth that he was lately topped Torjagerkanone (an accolade bestowed on the division’s high scorer) within the Bundesliga after one other prolific season at Westfalenstadion, Aubameyang can be a press release transfer from PSG.
Nevertheless, taking into consideration Cavani’s presence, staggering current time period in entrance of purpose and contract renewal till 2020, an apparent query is: The place will the person from Laval match?
Each Aubameyang and “El Matador” desire to play via the center. So, if coach Unai Emery continues to play in a possession-based Four-Three-Three formation, one of many two might be pushed out vast on the expense of both Angel Di Maria or Julian Draxler.
Contemplating his current tax evasion distractions and a poor first half of the season, the Argentina worldwide may very well be on his method out — together with the frustratingly inconsistent Lucas Moura. The thought may be to alter form, although, with Four-2-Three-1, Four-Three-1-2 and Four-Four-2 techniques all potential.
PSG’s curiosity in Good’s Seri is maybe extra telling on that entrance than the transfer for Aubameyang, as a result of the Ivory Coast worldwide is a technically gifted midfielder and a key a part of Les Aiglons‘ vibrant model of play.
Seri may very well be the right determine to affix Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot in a three-man midfield, both behind a entrance three of Aubameyang, Cavani and certainly one of Di Maria or Draxler, or behind a playmaker like Javier Pastore or Giovani Lo Celso with Aubameyang and Cavani up high.
Each Aubameyang and Cavani are a lot better and extra comfy via the center and PSG have develop into very predictable enjoying with two vast males in assault, so the addition of the previous AS Saint-Etienne man and Seri will make Emery’s facet very robust via the center.
Though Aubameyang and Cavani can be anticipated to share the targets round a bit greater than they’re used to, it’s potential for them to coexist. However it is going to be as much as Emery to search out that steadiness. All indicators level to PSG altering their enjoying model subsequent marketing campaign.
The signing of Aubameyang alone wouldn’t rebuild this ailing PSG facet, however it might be a robust first step alongside the street to reconstruction. The important thing to this course of is not going to lie with who will get introduced in, although; it would rely upon who’s proven the door to make method for them.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French nationwide crew for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.