Two things are guaranteed to happen this summer. The first is that Manchester United will spend an awful lot of money to rebuild their under-performing squad, and the second is that Paris Saint-Germain will strengthen in a bid to go even closer to winning the Champions League. That’s if they don’t manage to win the competition this season, of course.
The French champions’ owners, Qatar Investment Authority, have an unlimited pot of money to delve into - and they’ve proven over the last two years that they will stop at nothing to ensure that PSG become the most feared team on the planet.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and even the greatest player in the world himself, Lionel Messi, have all been strongly linked with a move to the Ligue 1 outfit in recent weeks. But even if they don’t manage to land any of those three players, you can rest assured they’ll still manage to recruit another batch of world-class players.
However, this constant recruitment obviously has a knock-on effect, and there will be a number of players at PSG wondering whether they will lose their places in the club’s starting line-up next season. Some talented players can’t even get into it now, while others are being played out of position by manager Laurent Blanc in order to accommodate them all.
This, in theory, should mean that PSG currently have a number of players - very good players, at that - in danger of becoming surplus to requirements this summer. And one man who should be keeping close tabs on the situation at Parc des Princes is the Manchester United boss David Moyes.
The Scot is looking to sign players prior to the 2014 World Cup finals if possible, and there’s every chance that he could sign a couple of - or possibly even a few - PSG stars when he persuades the Glazer family to get the chequebook out.
Obviously the player on everyone’s lips at the moment is striker Edinson Cavani. The Red Devils are reportedly keen on the Uruguay international and there’s no doubt at all that it would be £50-£60m well spent if they manage to convince PSG to sell the 27-year-old, who has been played out of position at times this season due to the incredible form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But there are several other players Moyes will not doubt have on his shortlist, including France international Lucas Digne, who has struggled to get regular game-time with the Parisians since joining the club from Lille last year. The 20-year-old is a potentially world-class left-back who would be a much cheaper alternative than Southampton’s Luke Shaw - and quite possibly just as good.
PSG are unlikely to sell their 19-year-old central defender Marquinhos, who cost a whopping €31.4m last summer, but if the opportunity arises than Moyes must pounce. The Brazilian will become one of the world’s very best centre-backs within a number of years.
Into midfield and perhaps Moyes could take a chance on the former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who has made two Ligue 1 starts since joining the club in January for £19m. The France international was brilliant in the Premier League, but won’t have too many chances next season if PSG land their main summer transfer targets.
Another potentially world-class player who could be available is the Argentina international Javier Pastore. Even though the last thing the Red Devils need is another attacking midfielder, the fact even he sometimes struggles to get into this current PSG side shows how much strength in depth they possess.
Once PSG start spending again this summer, Moyes should consider going to PSG with a £100m cheque and hand-picking several high-profile names in danger of becoming even more out-of-favour or even more unhappy by staying with the oil-rich French champions.
A new home at Old Trafford awaits them - along with the guarantee of regular first-team football.