Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi rebel against the “cleaning” of PSG and are the center of fierce criticism in France

The waters are stirred in the City of Light, the process of cleaning has been launched. The task does not seem easy, because the plans of paris st germain They do not pretend to be friendly and threaten to leave a trail of wounded. The arrival of Lionel Messi, added to the confirmation of the continuity of Kylian Mbappé (plus the permanence of Neymar) make the Qatari owners of the club settle accounts so that such high contracts can coexist without violating financial fair play. And in this context, the soccer players they intend to put up for sale have raised their voices and have already announced that they will not agree to enter into negotiations to emigrate. Two of those who were most upset about this plan to purge the campus are two Argentines: Leandro Paredes Y Mauro Icardi.

After the departure of the Brazilian Leonardo as sports director and with the incorporation of the Portuguese Luis Campos, PSG aims to disengage the squad with the aim of making a competitive team that aspires to win the Champions League, according to the French newspaper L’Equipe. They even say that Campos -with a long history in European football- is in charge of hiring and that Antero Henrique, who was already sports director of the Parisian entity until 2019, will be in charge of sales.

According to local media, the first on Henrique’s list to leave PSG are four players classified as “unwanted”: Icardi (with a contract until 2024), German Julian Draxler (2024), Paredes (2023) and another German, Thilo Kehrer (2023). It is estimated that each of these players has a value of 20 million euros and that in these figures it is possible that any team in Europe could keep these players.

Paredes is on a list of players that PSG intends to leave the club to reduce their wage billInstagram @leoparedes20

Nevertheless, Paredes’ statements in recent days, in which he confirms that he wants to stay in Paris to fulfill his contract, complicate the plans of the new leaders of the Parisian club and pose a complex scenario to resolve. One of the big problems that PSG faces are the salaries that these footballers receive. According to L’Equipethe departure of these four players would allow him to reduce his wage bill, since between them they earn close to 2.5 million euros per month.

The contract of the two Argentines who rebelled against this plan of PSG are among the most important of the Parisian team, since the market valuation of Paredes is 17 million euros, while that of Icardi is 22 million, according to the place transfer market.

Mauro Icardi is one of the fourth footballers that PSG first wants to negotiate
Mauro Icardi is one of the fourth footballers that PSG first wants to negotiateFrancois Mori – AP

At least “a dozen exits” are coming, they explain in the French media. The easiest would be Colin Dagba, Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye and Layvin Kurzawa, as they would be willing to accept interesting offers from other entities. It even transpired that the names of Ander Herrera, Georginio Wijnaldum, Danilo Pereira and Keylor Navas are also on PSG’s list of expendable.

The statistics allow us to understand why PSG needs to reduce its squad, since it has 34 active contracts and the squad has a market value, according to the site. transfer market, of 817,950,000 euros. According to this portal, the Parisian team is the fourth most expensive in the world, behind Manchester City (959.30 million euros), Liverpool (927.50 million) and Chelsea (869.40 million).

The refusals of Paredes and Icardi to want to leave PSG constitute a headache for the Parisian club. Although everything is about driving with great caution, some have already begun to raise their voices, as is the case of Jérôme Rothen, former player of the French team, who shot directly at the Argentines: “Paredes and Icardi? Let them respect us for two seconds. You have a contract, okay, but you can’t determine if you stay or not. When you see the salaries and the sports impact, it is catastrophic. When your name is Icardi or Paredes and you have a posture like that when you no longer play, you pretend that you train and watch the others play… If the club tells you: ‘We don’t love you anymore, because we bought you for 50 or 60 million and we give you a million a month’, you have to respect the decision. Shame has no limit. I’m waiting for some undesirables to leave.”Rothen concluded in a column in RMC Sports.

Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi and Abdou Diallo, the three make up the list of "a dozen exits" from PSG
Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi and Abdou Diallo, the three make up the list of “a dozen departures” from PSGFRANCOIS NASCIMBENI – AFP

Rothen, 44, a longtime contributor to the French media, was a midfielder at PSG between 2004 and 2009 after starting his career at Monaco. In Paris he won the French Cup and the League Cup and later emigrated to Glasgow Rangers from Scotland.

In his column he was too aggressive in tone: “We have seen it this season, it is an extraordinary team. That is why the sports project is going to change, because everyone is very happy. Stop playing us for fools, frankly. Stare at your navel for two seconds, if you can still do it. It is a small message for Icardi and also for Neymar. Show your professionalism. Show respect to this club, to the fans, to the press, to the French”.

It is clear that the scenario for PSG is not easy, although in Paris they will not have contemplation when making decisions. At that point, it seems that there may be a great short circuit, because the Argentines planted a flag and revealed themselves to the new authorities.