Transfers – PSG, OL, De Ligt, Squacca… Why is it so hard to sell in this transfer window?

Sell ​​to be able to afford to buy. Or to decline after investing heavily. Each club adjusts its behavior in the market according to its strategy. of his own private means. But in this 2022 edition of the summer transfer window, one element is clear: many clubs, a month after the market opened, are struggling to “sell their assets”.

In general, nothing alarming at the moment. Last summer, the clubs participating in the five major leagues were sold for €2.3 billion in total. As of July 11, they are on schedule, with 1.3 billion euros. The fact that four of these five major leagues have transfer credits at the moment in deficit – with the exception of the First Division – is also not of concern. At least not in light of what happened a year ago.


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But some special cases are clear. And speaking of Ligue 1, Ligue des Talents gives us two stark examples: that of Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon, each showing a very clear trend. Let’s start with the situation of Paris Saint-Germain.

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Inappropriate wages

So far, Ile de France has sold Alphonse Areola to West Ham for just over €9 million, while OGC Nice has exercised the option to buy Marcin Bulka (€2 million). Other departures were on loan, or at the end of the contract. and belief ParisianAt least eleven players have been placed on the no-desirable list. The problem is, few want to leave the capital, despite playing time that promises to be limited.

Jorginho Wijnaldum (916,000 euros), Mauro Icardi (800,000 euros), Julian Draxler (562,000 euros) or even Levin Kurzawa (500,000 euros) were pushed out. But their disproportionate pay compared to their performance makes them almost unsaleable as they are. Unless they make major concessions. But do they want that? The German environment, for example, showed for a long time that she was in no hurry at all.

If he is a specialist, then the French champions are not the only club with this problem. In Spain, for example, FC Barcelona will find it difficult, for the same reasons, to part with Miralem Pjanic, as was the case for several months with Samuel Umtiti, whose bonuses were a problem until the Frenchman did not reduce his salary at the beginning of the year. Without changing anything so far, even if the left-handed man also suffers from the fear of other clubs regarding his physical condition.

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Fashion for free beginnings

If we go back to the French examples, OL illustrates another problem: the fairly recent tendency of players to want to follow through on their contract. Houssem Aour and Moussa Dembele have two things in common: they have not left to start next season and will be free next summer. Therefore, it is clear that the Rhone club wishes to recover the transfer compensation for items valued at respectively 25 and 20 million euros by Transfermarkt.

But no high-profile team seems interested in these two players at the moment. On the other hand, in six months or a year, with a free mode, the opportunities will inevitably be more numerous. To a lesser extent, Léo Dubois, Tino Kadewere or even Joseph Kony, all under contract until 2024, will not accept the first offer that comes.

At the European level, Serge Gnabry, Marcus Rashford, Carlos Soler or even Memphis Depay could wait a year. From Paul Pogba to Paulo Dybala via Frank Casey, many big moves have taken place – or will be – at the end of the decade this summer.

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But, which is obvious, not all “wrong” players. Clubs are also victims of the liberalization of the market that they have gradually created. Twelve players have cost over €100 million in football history, ten of them since 2017. This summer again, Aurélien Tchouaméni has cost Real Madrid €80 million, excluding bonuses, Darwin Nunez €75 million for Liverpool, and Richarlison €58 million. Tottenham.
But other expected movements are delayed precisely because of these exorbitant prices. Here again, the example of Paris Saint-Germain is amazing, but this time in the other direction. Sassuolo expects €45m excluding Gianluca Scamacca’s bonuses, when Inter Milan will demand more than €60m for Milan Skriniar. And what about Juventus, eager to get back 90 million euros for Matisse de Ligt when Bayern offered “only” 70 million excluding bonuses.

But the Bavarian club would not be able to blame their Italian counterpart for being greedy, as they would have rejected a €40m offer from Barcelona for Robert Lewandowski, 33, out of his contract within a year. At this rate, the market is unlikely to open. Aside from the Premier League side, more often than not.

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