Sunday, June 26

PSG in talks with Nice to hire Galtier as coach

Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with Nice, to whom they have even offered players, to release coach Christophe Galtier from his contract at the club.

The current Nice boss is wanted by the French champions’ new leadership to replace Mauricio Pochettino.

Galtier‘s appointment is a priority for PSG because Zinedine Zidane has already told the Parisian club that he does not want to take over at the moment, according to RMC Sports. His plan is to coach the French national team.

PSG had already reached an agreement in principle this week to sack Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff, who all have one more year left on their contract. According to the French press, their severance package would be in the region of 15 million euros.

The formal announcement of Pochettino‘s departure is expected to be made as soon as the contract with his replacement is finalised, which they want to do early in the week in order to have as much time as possible to prepare for pre-season.

Ligue 1 resumes on the first weekend of August, so teams will return to training in the first week of July.

But the issue is that Nice have asked PSG for a sum of money (the amount of which has not been reported) to let their 55-year-old coach, who is under contract for the next two seasons, leave.

Galtier is an old acquaintance of PSG‘s new sporting director, Luis Campos, whose first moves already point to the direction he wants to take. PSG have already completed the signing of Portuguese midfielder Vitinha from Porto for 40 million, according to various reports.

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They have now turned their attention to another Portuguese midfielder, Lille‘s Renato Sanches, who Galtier knows well from his time with Lille, with whom they won the 2020/21 Ligue 1 title.

If both signings are confirmed, they would be an ambitious bid to improve the midfield, their most fragile area, where only Italy’s Marco Verratti is an undisputed starter at international level.

In addition, the addition of two Portuguese players would show where Campos is heading in his search for new recruits.

But PSG have the major problem of an excessively large and very expensive squad, which means they have to reduce the number of players, a task in which the previous sporting director, Leonardo, failed, hindered by the high wage bill of the players under contract.

Therefore, the possibility of sending players to Nice in order for them to release Galtier would be a very convenient option for PSG.

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