Chelsea handed opportunity to benefit from PSG’s FFP crisis

As reported by the BBC, it has been announced that Paris Saint-Germain will have to sell €60M worth of players between now and the end of June in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations (FFP).

This comes after the Ligue 1 giants secured the number one and two positions on the list of all-time highest transfer fees with the acquisitions of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. The BBC‘s report claims that PSG parted with a combined £365.7M to secure the pair’s services.

With FFP regulations in effect, no team in the world can splash that sort of cash and not expect any repercussions. PSG have been punished as a result of their naivety, even if the sanctions are not as considerable as they may have been.

Sixty-million euros is a lot of money. Thomas Tuchel will be forced to evaluate his squad and identify the non-essentials. As is the nature of having a squad as star-studded as PSG’s, though, a lack of importance to the cause is not necessarily a reflection of quality.

Chelsea ought to be keeping tabs on the situation that’s developing at the Parc des Princes. If we receive any indication of a top player becoming available, we need to position ourselves at the front of the queue.

TalkChelsea have picked three players which we believe that would be worthy additions to Chelsea’s squad if PSG decided to cash-in on them this month. Do you agree with our selections, Blues?

Julian Draxler

By the end of 2018, both Pedro and Willian will be heading into their thirties. The pair still have plenty to offer in attack, but it would be a smart move to be proactive and start the search for their replacements before they decline and we’re left short.

At 24-years-old, Julian Draxler is yet to fully realise his explosive potential. Though featuring regularly for both PSG and the German national team, he hasn’t scaled the heights that many thought he would have by this age.

An opportunity to play alongside Eden Hazard in attack is something that Draxler shouldn’t pass up, should he be provided with the opportunity. Hazard brings out the best in those around him. We hope that he’d do the same with Draxler.

Thomas Meunier

We’re all in agreement that Davide Zappacosta isn’t the long-term solution to our right-back woes, right? If Antonio Conte leaves this summer, we could find ourselves reverting to a back-four. That could spell the end for Victor Moses.

Zappacosta, drafted in from Torino last summer, has proven himself to be an adequate stop-gap – but nothing more. Chelsea still need to look to the transfer market in order to recruit a right-back capable of nailing that position down.

Thomas Meunier could be exactly what we need. He’s had to compete with football legend Dani Alves for game-time on the right-hand-side, which is hardly ideal for a player who deserves to be playing week-in, week-out.

Meunier found the back of the net on five occasions in eight appearances for Belgium during their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. He also provided seven assists for his teammates. He’s such a danger down the right, and we’d look a lot better with him in the side.

Javier Pastore

At 28-years-old, time is running out for Javier Pastore to leave his mark on the game. When he broke through at Palmero, he looked as though he was destined for greatness. Thus far in his career, it’s been a tale of unfulfilled potential.

He has shown flashes of brilliance at PSG, but he hasn’t been able to turn those snippets into a sustained period of good form. A move away from PSG could be exactly what he needs. A fresh start.

With Cesc Fabregas’ legs slowly giving way beneath him, Chelsea will soon be in need of some ingenuity in the middle of the park. Pastore, who operates in a slightly more advanced role than his Spanish midfield counterpart, should be considered as a potential target.

Of course, signing Marco Verratti would be a dream, but he is seemingly unobtainable. Signing Pastore seems far more realistic. Let’s hope that PSG place him on the market in the coming weeks.

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