Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are preparing to host Benfica at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday (October 11) in the UEFA Champions League. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw on matchday three last week in Portugal.
Meanwhile, new manager Christophe Galtier has said that Lionel Messi will miss the game against the Portuguese side. Elsewhere, the Parisians have the option to sign a former midfielder, who joined PSV Eindhoven this summer, for €10-12 million.
On that note, here’s a look at the key PSG transfer stories as on October 11, 2022:
Christophe Galtier has said that Lionel Messi will not be available for PSG’s game against Benfica. The Argentinean picked up a minor knock against the same opponents last week and sat out the weekend Ligue 1 game against Reims as a precaution.
Speaking ahead of the Benfica game, Galtier said that the 35-year-old could return to action against Marseille this weekend.
Messi has been pulling the strings for the Parisians this season, so Galtier added that the team will have to adjust in his absence.
Messi has scored eight goals and set up as many this season from 13 games.
PSG have the option to re-sign former player Xavi Simons for around €10-12 million, according to NOS via PSG Talk. The Dutch midfielder left the Parisians this summer to join PSV Eindhoven on a Bosman move. The 19-year-old has hit the ground running at the Philips Stadion, scoring eight times in 13 games.
His impressive start to life in the Eredivisie has garnered attention from clubs around Europe. However, it now appears that the Ligue 1 champions have an agreement with PSV that would enable them to sign the player on a cut-price deal.
Vitinha believes hard work, coupled with support from his teammates and club’s staff, have helped him hit the ground running at PSG. The Portuguese joined the Parisians from Porto this summer and already looks at home at the club.
Speaking to the press ahead of the Benfica game, Vitinha said that he will try to continue his good form.
The 22-year-old also touched on the subject of his age, pointing out that it’s the performances that count.
Vitinha has appeared 13 times for the Ligue 1 giants this season.
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