Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United: Likely line-up for PSG in Champions League second leg

5 Mar

It will require nothing short of a spectacular effort from Manchester United to knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men go to the second leg – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – of their last-16 tie at the Parc-des-Prince trailing 2-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford.

Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe (right) inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Red Devils

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And to make matters even more difficult, United have a number of players unavailable for the game with Paul Pogba suspended, while Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia are all injured.

PSG have absentees too, with Neymar still recovering from a foot injury. Edinson Cavani has returned to training following a hip injury but is not expected to start the game.

However, Thomas Tuchel still has a wealth of talent to choose from to finish off the job and French daily Le Parisien have predicted how PSG may line-up which you can see below.

Tuchel may opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation for United’s visit

Yes, Le Parisien has predicted the same XI from the first leg and why would Tuchel change a formula that worked so well?

Mbappe is up top on his own but will be supported by the likes of Angel di Maria and Dani Alves and Julian Draxler going forward.

Meanwhile, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos kept Paul Pogba quiet in the first game and because the Frenchman was sent off in the first leg and is thus ineligible, their job is set to be so much easier.

The back four picks itself with experienced Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks. This is PSG’s to lose.

The 31 highest earning players in Ligue 1, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Memphis Depay

8 Feb

One of the top five divisions in Europe, Ligue 1 has a lot going for it.

It’s a breeding ground for top young talents like Kylian Mbappe, Anthony Martial, Ousmane Dembele, and Thomas Lemar, while a number of established stars are also beginning to move over.

Paredes is estimated to be on £133,412 per week

Neymar and Gianluigi Buffon are just two such players, while Leandro Paredes opted for the French capital over a move to Chelsea.

And this may be partly down to clubs across the Channel, Paris Saint-Germain in particular, are now able to compete financially with other top European club and offer big wages.

But who are the top earners in Ligue 1? L’Equipe have announced the estimated salaries and you can see the top 31 below.

30= Kamil Glik (Monaco) – €72,500 per week (£63,425)

30= Bertrand Traore (Lyon) – €72,500 per week (£63,425)

26= Adil Rami (Marseille) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

26= Nabil Fekir (Lyon) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

Lyon ace Fekir could have moved to the Premier League last summer.

26= Moussa Dembele (Lyon) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

26= Houssem Auoaur (Lyon) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

25. Valerie Germain (Marseille) – €82,500 per week (£72,174)

23= Steve Mandanda (Lyon) – €90,000 per week (£78,735)

23= Memphis Depay (Lyon) – €90,000 per week (£78,735)

Depay has performed well for Lyon since joining in 2017

22. Hatem Ben Arfa (Rennes) – €100,000 per week (£87,484)

21. Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – €105,500 per week (£92,295)

20. Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain) – €115,000 per week (£100,606)

16= Luiz Gustavo (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

16= Dimitri Payet (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

Payet is now captain at Marseille.

16= Kevin Strootman (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

16= Mario Balotelli (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

13= Cesc Fabregas (Monaco) – €150,000 per week (£131,225)

Fabregas left Chelsea earlier this month to join Monaco

13= Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) – €150,000 per week (£131,225)

13= Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain) – €150,000 per week (£131,225)

12. Leonardo Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain) – €152,500 per week (£133,412)

11. Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €167,500 per week (£146,535)

Kimpembe is still only 23-years-old.

8= Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – €175,000 per week (£153,096)

8= Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain) – €175,000 per week (£153,096)

8= Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain) – €175,000 per week (£153,096)

6= Radamel Falcao (Monaco) – €187,500 per week (£164,031)

Falcao celebrates scoring for Monaco

6= Gianluigi Buffon (Paris Saint-Germain) – €187,500 per week (£164,031)

Buffon has done well since joining PSG.

5. Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – €275,000 per week (£240,580)

Di Maria joined from Manchester United in 2015

4. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – €290,000 per week (£253,702)

3. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – €375,000 per week (£328,063)

Edinson Cavani is still doing the business for Paris Saint-Germain.

2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €432,500 per week (£378,366)

Kylian Mbappe is one of the world’s best young talents

1. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – €765,000 per week (£669,250)

Neymar is the world’s most expensive footballer after being signed by Paris Saint-Germain for £198million

Top 20 best value transfers of the summer, according to statistics

22 Jan

We all know transfers can either be hits or misses.

Some players take time to settle and others adapt easily to their new clubs, having an instant impact.

And the CIES Football Observatory have attempted to find out which summer moves have so far yielded the most value.

Fabinho was bought by Liverpool for a big fee but has his value increased?

The Swiss statisticians have taken every player’s reported fee in the summer and their current estimated value – worked out by their own impressive algorithm – and calculated the best deals so far this year.

So, which stars have since the biggest increase in their value from their transfer fee in the summer? Find out below.

20. Jorginho (Napoli to Chelsea) – Value increase from fee – €18.2m
Reported fee – €57million
Current estimated value – €75.2million

Jorginho has struggled in recent games

19. Krzysztof Piatek (Cracovia to Genoa) – Value increase from fee – €18.4m
Reported fee – €4.5million
Current estimated value – €22.9million
18. Thilo Kehrer (Schalke to Paris Saint-Germain) – Value increase from fee – €18.5m
Reported fee – €37million
Current estimated value – €55.5million
17. Jonathan Ikone (Paris Saint-Germain to Lille) – Value increase from fee – €19.4m
Reported fee – €5million
Current estimated value – €24.4million
16. Felipe Anderson (Lazio to West Ham) – Value increase from fee – €19.9m
Reported fee – €37million
Current estimated value – €56.9million

Anderson has been a revelation since joining the Hammers in the summer

15. Richarlison (Watford to Everton) – Value increase from fee – €20.2m
Reported fee – €56million
Current estimated value – €76.2million
14. Alban Lafont (Toulouse to Fiorentina) – Value increase from fee – €20.9m
Reported fee – €8.5million
Current estimated value – €29.4million
13. Alassane Plea (Nice to Borussia Monchengladbach) – Value increase from fee – €21.7m
Reported fee – €23million
Current estimated value – €44.7million
12. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus) – Value increase from fee – €22.2m
Reported fee – €105million
Current estimated value – €127.2million

Ronaldo is still scoring for fun at Juventus

11. Clement Lenglet (Sevilla to Barcelona) – Value increase from fee – €27m
Reported fee – €35million
Current estimated value – €62million
10. Bryan Cristante (Atalanta to Roma) – Value increase from fee – €27.2m
Reported fee – €30million
Current estimated value – €57.2million
9. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea to Real Madrid) – Value increase from fee – €29.5m
Reported fee – €40million
Current estimated value – €69.5million
8. Fabinho (Monaco to Liverpool) – Value increase from fee – €31.5m
Reported fee – €55million
Current estimated value – €86.5million
7. Alisson (Roma to Liverpool) – Value increase from fee – €33.1m
Reported fee – €72.5million
Current estimated value – €105.6million

Liverpool star Alisson Becker has been superb this season

6. Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient to Arsenal) – Value increase from fee – €34.2m
Reported fee – €9million
Current estimated value – €43.2million
5. Joao Cancelo (Valencia to Juventus) – Value increase from fee – €37.6m
Reported fee – €40.4million
Current estimated value – €78million
4. Fabian Ruiz (Real Betis to Napoli) – Value increase from fee – €40.1m
Reported fee – €30million
Current estimated value – €70.1million
3. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City to Liverpool) – Value increase from fee – €40.3m
Reported fee – €14.7million
Current estimated value – €55.0million

Shaqiri has shone at Anfield, surprising fans and pundits alike

2. Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria to Arsenal) – Value increase from transfer fee – €44.3m
Reported fee – €30million
Current estimated value – €74.3million

Lucas Torreira has been a revelation in north London

1. Rodri (Villarreal to Atletico Madrid) – Value increase from transfer fee – €45.1m
Reported fee – €25million
Current estimated value – €70.1million

Atletico Madrid ace Rodri

The top 20 transfer value increases in the last trimester, including Kylian Mbappe, Sadio Mane and Jadon Sancho

11 Dec

The January transfer window is approaching as clubs in the Premier League and across Europe look to bring in or offload players in time for the business end of the season.

Players move from one club to another for huge sums of money these days and their price continues to increase.

Ex-Manchester City player Jadon Sancho has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects this season

But which players’ prices have driven up the most in the last trimester?

Below you can see the top transfer value increases during the last three months – figures from the CIES Football Observatory.

20. Fabian Ruiz (Napoli) – €20m (£18.04m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €41.5m (£37.5m)

Current estimated value: €61.5m (£55.5m)

19. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – €20.5m (£18.49m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €18.1m (£16.3m)

Current estimated value: €38.6m (£34.9m)

18. Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth) – €20.6m (£18.59m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €13m (£11.7m)

Current estimated value: €33.6m (£30.3m)

Wilson has scored nine goals for Bournemouth this season

17. Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) – €21.1m (£19.04m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €24.7m (£22.3m)

Current estimated value: €45.8m (£41.4m)

16. Matteo Politano (Inter Milan) – €21.2m (£19.13m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €28.4m (£25.6m)

Current estimated value: €49.6m (£44.8m)

15. Tanguy N’Dombele (Lyon) – €22.3m (£20.12m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €45m (£40.6m)

Current estimated value: €67.3m (£60.8m)

N’Dombele in action against Manchester City in the Champions League

14. Jose Gaya (Valencia) – €23.1m (£20.84m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €19.4m (£17.5m)

Current estimated value: €42.5m (£38.4m)

13. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – €23.7m (£21.38m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €10m (£9m)

Current estimated value €33.7m (£30.4m)

12. Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – €24.2m (£21.83m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €22.4m (£20.2m)

Current estimated value: €46.6m (£42.1m)

Di Maria moved to Manchester United in £60m in August 2014

11. Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) – €24.5m (£22.1m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €45.7m (£41.3m)

Current estimated value: €70.2m (£63.4m)

10. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €25.1m (£22.64m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €191.2m (£172.6m)

Current estimated value: €216.3m (£195.3m)

9. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – €25.8m (£23.28m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €83.4m (£75.3m)

Current estimated value: €109.2m (£98.6m)

Alexander-Arnold is a contender for the 2018 Golden Boy Award

8. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – €29m (£26.16m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €74.5m (£67.3m)

Current estimated value: €103.5m (£93.4m)

7. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – €29.6m (£26.7m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €95.7m (£86.4m)

Current estimated value: €125.3m (113.3m)

6.Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – €29.8m (£26.89m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €98.8m (£89.2m)

Current estimated value €128.6m (£116.1m)

Silva joined City in May 2017 for a fee of £43.5m

5. Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain) – €30.4m (£27.43m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €24.3m (£21.9m)

Current estimated value: €54.7m (£49.4m)

4. Richarlison (Everton) – €31m (£27.97m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €45.3m (£40.9m)

Current estimated value: €76.3m (£68.9m)

Richarlison, 21 joined Everton from Watford for £50m in the summer

3. Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – €32m (£28.87m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €47.8m (£43.2m)

Current estimated value: €79.8m (£72.1m)

2. Joao Cancelo (Juventus) – €46.4m (£41.86m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €27.8m (£25.1m)

Current estimated value: €74.2m (£67m)

1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – €78.2m (£70.55m) estimated value increase

Previous estimated value: €9.7m (£8.8m)

Current estimated value: €87.9m (£79.4m)

Sancho’s value has risen 806 per cent in the last trimester

Paris Saint-Germain confirm signing of Thilo Kehrer for £33m after beating Barcelona to German starlet

16 Aug

Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Barcelona to the signing of German starlet Thilo Kehrer.

The Ligue 1 champions confirmed the completion of a £33m deal for the Schalke academy star.

Kehrer, 21, made 33 appearances for Schalke in all competitions last season and netted three times.

Kehrer impressed in the Bundesliga last season

The defender was part of the Germany team that won the European Under-21 Championship in 2017 and caught the eye of several top clubs around Europe.

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel confirmed Kehrer, who was also a target for Barcelona, was due to sign a new deal before the big-money offer came in.

He said: “In the end we decided to go for the transfer on financial grounds.

“Particularly since the player’s contract is due to expire next year.

“A few weeks ago we had actually agreed a contract extension with Thilo.

“If this offer from PSG were not to have come through, I’m sure he would have gone ahead with the extension.

“Likewise if we had turned the offer down or in the unlikely event something was to stop this deal going ahead.”