GiveMeSport contributor Joseph Stuart goes through the ideal starting XI for big-spending PSG next season.
Goalkeeper: Salvatore Sirigu
With over 100 league appearances for Paris Saint Germain, he quickly saw off any competition from fellow new signing Nicolas Douchez to become the number one goalkeeper for the ambitious big-spending club. Sirigu has also become a fan favourite. His name is often chanted during home games by the notoriously demanding Paris Saint-Germain supporters. On 27 January 2013, Sirigu broke the clean-sheet record for a PSG goalkeeper in Ligue 1.
Right-back: Dani Alves
The right back position at PSG is one area the French champions need upgrading in. According to reports, Dani Alves has already revealed to the French champions’ Brazilian contingent that he will be joining them in Paris this summer. Gregory van der Wiel has impressed this season, but his injury problems have become a cause for concern. Alves would offer plenty of experience and would suit manager Laurent Blanc’s attacking philosophy.
Centre-back: David Luiz
An already confirmed signing, PSG will have the Brazilian captain and vice-captain playing alongside each other next season. The 27-year-old often found himself out of the first-team picture at Chelsea, as John Terry and Gary Cahill were Jose Mourinho's number one centre-back pairing.
Luiz showed his ability to defend playing in the holding midfield role very well, however, we feel that he will be used as a centre-back at PSG with the possibility of fellow Brazilian Marquinhos departing the club or gaining from the experience of his elder club and national team-mates.
Centre-back: Thiago Silva (Captain)
The club captain will be eager to improve his form of last season which was hit by injury. In last year's Confederations Cup, Silva finally lifted a trophy as the Seleção captain, which he now dreams of doing again on home soil at the World Cup. Silva was the world's most expensive defender thanks to PSG forking out £37m to convince AC Milan to sell. That was until recently when new team mate David Luiz confirmed his move to PSG which would make him the most expensive defender ever in football.
Left-back: Eliaquim Mangala
Although a strong centre-back, Mangala is also a fantastic player at left-back. In order for PSG to be more competitive across all competitions next year, they must make their defence much stronger.
Along with Thiago Silva, PSG will have two tough tackling centre-backs, allowing David Luiz and Dani Alves more freedom to push forward and attack. Not only is the 23-year-old Frenchman one of the hottest young prospects around, the player also speaks Portuguese, making communication between him and teammates like Luiz, Silva, Lucas and possibly Oscar and Dani Alves easier.
Centre-midfield: Marco Verratti
The 21-year-old enjoyed a fine season with PSG last season, providing eight assists in the club's Ligue 1 title-winning campaign. The young italian managed to keep Yohan Cabaye out of the starting 11 and looks to be a great prospect for the French top division champions. With Marco Verratti set to reject an offer from Manchester United, it looks like he's content on staying at his current club.
Centre-,midfield: Blaise Matuidi
Described as a "fierce and strong tackler", Matuidi has developed into a very key player at PSG. He has made over 100 league appearances for the league champions and he is most certainly not going anywhere as he agreed a four-year contract extension earlier in the year. Matuidi will be representing France at the World Cup this summer at the World Cup and will play a pivotal role if PSG are to make further progress in the Champions League.
Right wing: Lucas
Lucas has scored five goals for PSG – all of which came last season – and the midfielder has also played a role in helping the squad to win back-to-back Ligue 1 titles.
The club’s owners see the 21-year-old as a key player for the future, however he was recently left out of home nation Brazil's world cup squad. Nonetheless Lucas is a player with plenty of potential and with some new additions of world-class talents, it could be just what Lucas needs to truly step up his game and live up to the early reputation he built as one of Brazil's top young talents.
The French giants were linked with a move for the 23-year-old attacking midfielder earlier this year, per the Guardian, and he could become yet another Brazilian to sign for the Ligue 1 Champions.
Chelsea are reportedly willing to listen to offers for the young Brazilian as he was dropped to the bench in the second half of the season for national teammate Willian and Jose Mourinho being critical of the consistency of the player. PSG may be considering sending Ezequiel Lavezzi to Chelsea in order to secure Oscar's services.
Left-wing: Eden Hazard
A player that PSG are thought to be extremely keen on is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. It is rumoured that PSG may be considering a swap-deal involving Edinson Cavani going the over way with the French club knowing Chelsea are in dire need of a top-class striker.
The Belgian international, Chelsea's player of the season, would be an excellent addition to the PSG squad and would fit in seamlessly, arguably suiting the team’s current 4-3-3 formation better than Cavani does deployed wide on the right.
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Surely the name is enough? The super cocky and talented Swede has been fantastic this season and has scored some stunning goals both in the domestic league and in the Champions League.
In December 2013, Ibrahimović was ranked by The Guardian as the third-best player in the world. He is certainly PSG's key player and will not be going anywhere as the club look to improve on their decent season this year. Ibrahimović is one of the best finishers in the game and it'll be interesting to see if he can beat his goal tally for this season.
Bench: Douchez, Van Der Weil, Marquinhos, Thiago Motta, Lavezzi, Pastore, Greizmann
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