Paris Saint-Germain did not succeed this time either. He paused on the last step. One billion and two hundred million invested in the purchase of players in less than ten years were still not enough to realize the obsession of the Qatari owners and win the Champions League.
The first man of the club, Nasser al Kelaifi, was not as angry last night as in previous years when his team dropped out of Manchester United and Barcelona with controversial refereeing decisions, but it was still clear that he was disappointed and eager for the next attempt.
He pointed out that he is proud of the players, that the finals are a great thing, and announced that the club will do everything to get the cup in the coming years. Many have interpreted this as more big investments, but the French L'Equipe reports that PSG will not make some astronomical transfers this summer.
The key for Al Khelaifi is to keep Neymar and Mbappe, and it is certain that he succeeded in that. At least until next summer. Captain Thiago Silva, the best scorer in history Edinson Cavani, right back Tom Meunier and young stopper Tanguy Kouassi left the club as free players.
The contract for ten days also expires for the reserve striker Eric Choupo Moting. It is obvious that bringing in some players is necessary. The biggest question is who will replace the great Thiago Silva in defense. Although in his later years, the Brazilian played almost every important match of the season and was in great shape.
There is always an option for Marquinhos to return to his former stopper position, but considering how he played in the midfield, maybe Tuhel would lose more with that move than he won. The stopper is also a natural position for Thilo Kehrer, who played half of the matches as a right-back this season, especially since Meunier left the club because Tuchel was not allowed to rely on the young Dagba.
So, it is possible that PSG will not bring a replacement for Silva, because Marquinhos and Kehrer can cover that.
But it is inevitable that the right-back will arrive at Prince's Park because it can be seen that this is not a natural role for Kehrer and that PSG had problems because of that after the departure of Meunier.
The Parisian dream is Benjamin Pavard from Bayern, but it is unlikely that the Bavarians will sell him. Sergio Dest from Ajax and Nordi Mukiele from Leipzig are the following options and some of them could be the right solution.
Only for PSG to agree on the right price because they are not cheap players. Finally, Timothy Castagne from Atalanta and Adam Marušić from Lazio are mentioned, who are not exactly the highest class, but at least they are not expensive.
In addition to the right-back, at least one reinforcement in the midfield is expected. Director Leonard's long-term dream is Sergej Milinković Savić, whom he tried to bring to Milan, but it will probably remain just a dream.
Local L'Équipe writes that Milinković Savić is too expensive for the Parisians due to the unrealistic demands of the boss Lotito and that the club will turn to some more modest solutions. Leonard's wish is Algerian playmaker Ismael Benaccer from Milan, and given the financial situation in Milan, he could be an achievable target.
In the end, there is a solution if everything else fails - Mattéo Guendouzi from Arsenal. With the departure of Cavani, a place is opened for bringing in an attacker who will be an alternative. Leonard's great wish is Matheus Cunha from Hertha and we will see if he will pay around 40,000,000 euros as much as the Germans are asking.
An option is also a teenager Lincoln from Flamengo, who is predicted to have a bright future. As for sales, there will be almost none. The only such income is expected from the sale of Julian Draxler, who has been in the background for a long time and his price is falling.