Comments by Laurent Blanc at his PSG press conference have been taken to mean by many, that he isn’t interested in taking Moussa Sissoko to Paris in this transfer window.
However, when you look at what the PSG boss actually said, is that really the case?
“Moussa Sissoko does not have the profile we are looking for in this winter transfer window.”
However, he then added;
“We must not forget that we are still subject to the rules of financial fair play.”
When the PSG manager speaks of Sissoko not having the ‘profile’, journalists and punters appear to have taken this to mean simply that he isn’t interested in the United player’s playing style and/or that it wasn’t he specifically needs to complement the players he already has at the Ligue 1 club.
However, when you also take into account Blanc’s qualifying comment about not forgetting the financial fair play rules, then to me it puts a totally different complexion on things.
What is suggests in my opinion is that by ‘profile’ he is more talking about what the deal for Sissoko would cost and that if money comes in via transfers going out then it could well change the ‘profile’ of PSG’s January transfer activity.
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Obviously there was much made of Yohan Cabaye potentially coming in the other direction as some kind of swap deal and while I do think that is totally unfeasible as Ashley wouldn’t pay the wages.
Cabaye is just one of a number of players who the Parisian club would be happy to shift on and if that happens, we could then see PSG targeting players to increase their chances of success this season.
PSG are currently three points behind Marseille in third place in Ligue 1, while in February they have the first leg of a massive Champions League tie with Chelsea, a player like Moussa Sissoko would/could be invaluable to their hopes of domestic and European glory – due to the fact he isn’t already cup-tied.
Sadly for us, I do think it is a case of watch this space where Moussa Sissoko is concerned and unlike most of the press, I don’t see any reassurance in Laurent Blanc’s latest comments.