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Four PSG players Tuchel is set to axe – and the clubs they could join

By Chris Smith

Published: 17:56, 1 May 2019

As if Thomas Tuchel doesn’t have enough problems at Paris Saint-Germain, he faces the prospect of having to sell a host of players in this summer’s transfer window.

The Parisians have reportedly fallen massively foul of financial fair play regulations thanks to their gargantuan signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and must now raise funds in the region of 60m by June 30th to keep the powers that be happy.

This is all on top of the French champions crashing out of the Champions League at round-of-16 stage, losing to Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals and falling to a penalty shootout defeat in the recent Coupe de France final against Rennes.

Luckily for Tuchel, PSG have a rather large talent pool and a backlog of squad players that could be shipped for a handsome sum, as well as some household names that other European giants would snatch their hand off for. Adrien Rabiot is already set to move on for free this summer, but what about those which could help Tuchel recoup some funds?

At Squawka, we’ve taken a look at four players that could leave PSG this summer, as well as which club they could join.

1. Thomas Meunier – Manchester United

A 30-time Belgium international, World Cup bronze medalist and still only 27-years-old: Thomas Meunier is a very attractive proposition as a right-back, isn’t he?

Manchester United certainly think so. The Red Devils’ current options at right-back feel more like a veterans parade than a football team right now, with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia the standout candidates, while Diogo Dalot has often been pushed into a functional right-wing role.

United have also been linked with Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka but a move for Meunier, whose contract expires in 2020, would make much more financial sense, freeing up much-needed funds for the many other areas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to strengthen in.

Meanwhile, Meunier himself has welcomed speculation. In an interview with French media outlet, L’Avenir Meunier was asked about his desire to one day move to the Premier League and replied: “Yes, but not only there.

“It (interest) comes from everywhere. Even from China or the Middle East. I never hid it.”

2. Christopher Nkunku 

Ah, Christopher Nkunku. You poor, unfortunate soul.

Only brought on right at the end of the Coupe de France final to take a penalty, the 21-year-old ended up being the only one to miss from 12-yards, blazing over in sudden death to hand Rennes the win. Following the game, Neymar decided to blame PSG’s youngsters for the defeat in what largely felt like a dig at Nkunku, while the player himself as started just 17 of his 28 appearances so far this season.

As such, it looks like midfielder is off, with Arsenal reportedly waiting to make a £17m swoop after growing fond of his versatility.

The Gunners were linked with the PSG man back in January but a deal failed to materialise.

Nkunku can operate right across the midfield, as well as along the forward line, and akin to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, has even been spotted at full-back on occasion this season. Whether Nkunku has the quality to seriously improve Unai Emery’s side is yet to be seen, but £17m for a player who can fill a number of roles, in a team desperately lacking in depth seems to make total sense.

3. Julian Draxler

A wonderkid and seen as the next huge talent of German football, things just haven’t taken off as planned for Julian Draxler.

Why? We’re not quite sure. He’s got a ridiculous amount of talent, is lightning quick and is both versatile and intelligent enough to play as a forward or in midfield.

However, all too often he goes missing in games and this season, Draxler has managed just three goals and six assists in 27 Ligue 1 games.

A return to the Bundesliga has been rumoured, with the two German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund said to be interested. Meanwhile, Don Balon believe he could be heading to the Premier League with Arsenal or, more poignantly, Liverpool. Fellow German Jurgen Klopp will be looking to seriously bolster his squad depth next season in a bid to go toe-to-toe with Manchester City once again. Draxler’s adaptability could make him the perfect fit at Anfield.

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4. Stanley Nsoki

Right at the start of the season, Stanley Nsoki provided two assists as PSG pummelled Monaco in the Trophée des Champions before putting in some really eye-catching performances in Ligue 1.

It looked for all the world like he would be the next big star at left-back before losing his place and seeing his form fall off a cliff.

Newcastle United have pushed really hard in the past two transfer windows to at least get a loan deal over the line and although they haven’t succeeded so far, it’s hard to see Rafa Benitez giving up now given Nsoki’s lack of playing time.

The 20-year-old will add pace, strength and vibrancy to Newcastle’s left flank and his young age gives him the longevity that Benitez will crave, and the resale value Mike Ashley is likely to appreciate.