Paris Saint-Germain are said to be willing to part ways with nine first-team players in order to offer Kylian Mbappe a salary comparable to Neymar’s.
The Ligue 1 giants have invested heavily in their squad over the past decade since becoming part of the Qatari royal family, but have gone for a slightly different transfer approach this summer.
Having already completed the free signings of Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma, sporting director Leonardo apparently wants to keep his best players now.
Having already linked Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Keylor Navas, Julian Draxler and Juan Bernat to new deals, Marca says PSG want to secure Mbappe.
The 22-year-old will be a free agent in 2022 and the club don’t want to face the prospect of losing one of their best players for nothing.
In order to put the World Cup winner in a pay bracket similar to that of the world’s most expensive footballer in history, it is claimed that an elimination of their bloated 39-man squad could take place this summer.
A report from L’Equipe claims that Alphonse Areola will be cleared to leave this summer following Donnarumma’s arrival and Navas’ contract extension.
Abdou Diallo and Thilo Kehrer are reportedly available for a transfer following the arrival of Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid, while Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye and Rafinha Alcantara will all be allowed to leave.
Mauro Icardi is for sale following his 2019 transfer from Inter Milan, while Pablo Sarabia and Arnaud Kalimuendo are reportedly interested in suitors across Europe.