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PSG transfer deadline briefing: Kylian Mbappe joins Neymar

How have Paris Saint-Germain got on in the summer transfer window? Here's a look at their dealings so far and an update on what to expect in January.

Net spend (estimated)


Completed signings

Neymar (Barcelona, €222m), Dani Alves (Juventus, free transfer), Yuri Berchiche (Real Sociedad, €15m), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco, loan then €180m move next summer)

Potential signings

Danilo Pereira (Porto), Jean-Michael Seri (Nice).

PSG look set to win the Europe-wide race to sign Kylian Mbappe from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.

Players missed out on

Pepe, Juan Foyth, Fabinho.

Players promoted to first-team squad

Lorenzo Callegari, Alec Georgen, Remy Descamps, Odsonne Edouard, Antoine Bernede, Moussa Diaby.

Completed sales

Blaise Matuidi (Juventus, initial €20m), Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig, €13m), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux, €4m), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino, free), Jese Rodriguez (Stoke City, loan), Jonathan Ikone (Montpellier, loan), Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Utrecht, loan), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion, loan), Serge Aurier (Tottenham, €25m).

Potential sales

Angel Di Maria (Barcelona), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia).

Players who can't be moved out

Lucas Moura, Hatem Ben Arfa.

Players due for contract renewal

Thiago Motta's contract expires next summer, although he is likely to leave or retire at the end of this season. Adrien Rabiot's current deal is up in 2019, while Marco Verratti's commitment to the club until 2021 may have to be extended to keep the consistent transfer rumours at bay.

Marco Verratti is in his sixth season at PSG.
Marco Verratti was the subject of interest from Barcelona this summer, but he is staying at the Parc des Princes.

Areas of squad still with shortcomings

Defensive midfield. PSG still need somebody capable of alternating with Thiago Motta now and ultimately taking over from him in the deep-lying midfield role in front of the defence.

A fourth central defender would add some depth in a potential area of need throughout the season but coach Unai Emery has already started a rotation policy between captain Thiago Silva, fellow Brazil international Marquinhos and youth academy graduate Presnel Kimpembe.

Much has also been made of Alphonse Areola and Kevin Trapp's claims for the role of starting goalkeeper but Emery needs to relieve some of the pressure in that area first. Currently, no area needs strengthening like defensive midfield.

Has this been a good transfer window for the club?

Excellent. Thanks largely to the arrival of sporting director Antero Henrique, PSG's ambitious project has not only been revitalised on the pitch, it has also been shaken up off it too.

Signing Neymar and Mbappe -- albeit on loan for now -- this summer has really put the Ligue 1 giants back on the European footballing map and they now look like genuine UEFA Champions League contenders.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.


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