PSG transfer targets summer 2023: Free agents and high-profile targets

As the summer transfer window comes to a close, the footballing world has plenty of attention on Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) as they embark on a mission to revamp their squad and strengthen their pursuit of European success. While PSG have long dominated Ligue 1, their ultimate measure of achievement hinges on their performances in the UEFA Champions League.

Now, determined to bridge the gap between domestic dominance and continental triumph, PSG are embarking on a strategic squad reinvention to transform their fortunes on the grand European stage. The bombshell news of Kylian Mbappé‘s refusal to extend his contract beyond 2025 has sent shockwaves throughout the football world.

The PSG hierarchy, caught off guard by the young prodigy's decision, now face the daunting task of re-evaluating their short-term and long-term plans. Losing Mbappé, who has been the face of the club and an integral part of their success, represents a significant setback.

Recognizing the need for strategic squad improvements, PSG are meticulously planning their transfer strategy. While the club's financial prowess is unquestionable, they seek a balanced approach that utilises free transfers and high-profile signings.

By tapping into the free transfer market, PSG aim to acquire quality players without incurring exorbitant fees, thus maximizing their resources.

Tiémoué Bakayoko – Midfielder – Without Club

This is one of the more surprising news developments in recent days/weeks. However, ever since Tiémoué Bakayoko was released by Chelsea in June, rumors have surged surrounding his connection with PSG. And since the Ligue 1 giants were previously looking to sign the midfielder back in 2020, there is history between Tiémoué Bakayoko and PSG. With that said, his profile and standing as a top-flight player was somewhat different back then.

As you might remember, Tiémoué Bakayoko signed for Chelsea for £40 million in 2017, yet he’s been out on loan almost every season since. And regarding his estimated transfer value at the moment, it’s around £3 million. This is obviously much less than the fee that Chelsea paid for him, and PSG is supposedly looking to capitalize on this. While yes, he wouldn’t be brought in as a concrete first-team player, he would be a handy midfielder to keep in reserves. Additionally, PSG wouldn’t need to shell out a ton of cash to keep Tiémoué Bakayoko on the books.

Yet if the Frenchman does want to come back to his home country, negotiations will need to occur quickly with PSG.

Randal Kolo Muani – Forward – Frankfurt

Another PSG transfer target that would love a move to Paris is Randal Kolo Muani. This is actually a big story at the moment following the recent sale of Neymar. Of course, with Neymar gone, PSG desperately needs someone to step in and score goals. Sure, they’ve got Mbappe (just), but Mbappe can’t do it all himself. He needs support, and Kolo Muani might just be the man to support arguably the best striker in the world at PSG.

As for recent developments concerning this transfer, Kolo Muani, and PSG have already agreed on personal terms but the stumbling block has been Eintracht Frankfurt's asking price. Therefore, whether he becomes one of the successful PSG transfer targets or not will boil down to the fee. On that note, Frankfurt reportedly wants €100 million for their star man while the French champions have offered up to €80 million so far. 

Federico Chiesa – Winger – Juventus

With Neymar officially signing for Al Hilal, PSG are now left scrambling for at least a semi-appropriate replacement. And on that note, Federico Chiesa has emerged as one of the latest PSG transfer targets. Chiesa currently plays as a winger for Juventus, yet he is reportedly on the shortlist of possible PSG transfers over the next couple of weeks. Additionally, there is plenty of substance to this rumor since PSG has already enquired with Juventus regarding Federico Chiesa. Early reports are somewhat encouraging too, as Juventus have stated that they would let Chiesa go for a fee of €50 million.

PSG transfer targets 2023

Needless to say, given the transfer of Messi and the sale of Neymar, PSG is now in a position where a transfer of this value would be pretty comfortable. As for Chiesa’s position at Juventus, he has two years left on his contract. However, Chiesa has repeatedly been frustrated by being forced to adapt to new positions at Juventus, and the 25-year-old would no doubt jump at a chance to join PSG.

After all, PSG is at least challenging for European trophies, while Juventus has failed to meet such ambitions.

Bernardo Silva – Midfielder – Man City

PSG are not solely relying on free transfers. They are actively pursuing several high-profile targets who would command substantial transfer fees. Bernardo Silva, the gifted Portuguese playmaker, is reportedly a priority target on PSG's radar. Silva's creative flair and ability to unlock defences could provide the club with the creative spark they need in midfield.

Silva's versatility is also noteworthy, as he can seamlessly operate in multiple positions across the midfield, adapting to the team's tactical needs. His work rate and commitment to the game are commendable, making him a valuable asset both in attack and defence.

Although the diminutive midifelder penned  new deal with Manchester City during the current window it reportedly involved a reduced buyout clause which could allow PSG to secure his services for €50 million.

Bradley Barcola – Winger – Lyon

If the Ligue 1 side are unable to pick up Chiesa or Silva in this window there is a chance they will do some shopping locally as they pursue Lyon winger Bradley Barcola. The 22-year-old forward is a hometown hero who made his professional debut back in 2021 but really started making an impact last season.

Under Laurent Blanc he made 26 league appearances last season registering 14 goal involvements (5 goals, 9 assists) forming a key partnership with Alexander Lacazette.

Victor Osimhen – Striker – Napoli

Victor Osimhen
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Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian sensation, has also caught PSG's attention. The striker has impressed at Napoli, showcasing his predatory instincts and ability to score goals. Osimhen is also a strong and physical presence, able to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play effectively. Beyond his goal-scoring prowess, he demonstrates excellent movement off the ball, making intelligent runs to exploit spaces and create opportunities.

However, PSG will be in the running against Premier League teams such as Manchester United and in the past the 6 ft 1 in forward has expressed an interest in playing in England.

Luka Vuskovic – Defender – Hadjuk Split

Despite only being 16 years old the Croatian teenager has been on the radar of many top European clubs including the major financial powers Manchester City and PSG. The prodigal talent is said to be avaialable for just €10.5 million which could prove to be a bargain for whichever side finally signs him.

While Paris Saint-Germain would likely not thrust him into the action at such a young age this could be a perfect replacemente further down the line as central defenders such as Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos approach 30 years old. The former also sees his contract expire next summer and so it would be sensible business by sporting director Luis Campos to have Vuskovic waiting in the wings.


Article by Temitope Maja, updated by Ralph Hannah