PSG's new plan could be to pay Haaland's release clause
The Norwegian striker is a potential target for the French side
After the Champions League elimination against Bayern Munich in the round of 16, the PSG board is already thinking about next season and the plan to follow in order to win the coveted Champions League trophy, and the French team's operation involves Erling Haaland, in order to create a dream duo with Kylian Mbappé and blow up the Paris attack in Europe.
After Wednesday's 2-0 Champions League round of 16 exit against Bayern, Qatar's PSG could open another chapter without their two former Barcelona stars. Although it will not be easy to find a replacement for "Ney" and record Ballon d'Or holder Lionel Messi, who could activate an optional third year himself.
If Luis Campos, in charge of PSG recruitment, is targeting Bernardo Silva, Victor Osimhen and Gonçalo Ramos to reinforce the attacking sector, as L'Equipe indicated on Friday, Daniel Riolo, star consultant at RMC, is instead betting on Erling Haaland: "I think it would be a reinforced concrete partnership. I think they are interested in getting down to work," Riolo told Football.fr.
"It seems that Haaland is not very happy in Manchester. He's not well and the game doesn't suit him either," he said in his analysis of the PSG Champions League exit. "Now we have to know if the people at City would be willing to sell a player to Qatar, because that's where the political issue comes in."
"I don't know if Madrid could pay Mbappé's salary. I would recommend him to stay but with the certainty that they would create a big team around him. And one of the solutions would be to hire Zinedine Zidane as coach. They need such a coach and two or three players to strengthen the squad, and others to leave. And so PSG can start a new story."
In this sense, the media outlet points out that, although it is highly unlikely that City would let their star player leave just a year after signing him, PSG could consider paying Haaland's exit clause, which is estimated at around €200 million, a figure lower than what they once paid for Neymar from FC Barcelona.
Before that, the club would have to part with large salaries to comply with UEFA's financial fair-play rules. In any case, bringing Haaland and Mbappé together in the same team would undoubtedly be the "bombshell" of the market.
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