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When Mauricio Pochettino begins his tenure as Paris Saint-Germain coach, ties with Premier League players during the January transfer window are inevitable.
Some links will make absolutely no sense, but there are a host of top flight players from England that Pochettino will have worked with before who could add some quality and value to his new squad.
90min take a look at the best options that PSG should analyze and look to bring to the Parc des Princes during the current transfer window.
The most obvious transfer goal for Pochettino will undoubtedly come from his old Spurs team.
Dele Alli has struggled with José Mourinho in North London and, like Pochettino did, he seems to need a change of scenery to get back on track. A top-tier team in Europe where you’ll have the freedom to take the ball and attack, under a coach who knows you better than anyone else, could be a deal made in heaven.
PSG lacks creativity in midfield and Dele is likely to push for a move this month, so Poch should do so, either on loan or permanently.
PSG need to add firepower to its front row and Sergio Agüero’s contract expires at the end of the season.
There are rumors that Pochettino is eager to get the deal done in the summer, but with Mauro Icardi struggling for fitness, PSG have often been forced to rely on Moise Kean to lead the line this season.
Aguero would be a short-term solution with a lot of money, but PSG have money to spend and he is an instant improvement on his current center-forward options. It’s a no-brainer.
Brighton’s best midfielder, Yves Bissouma’s performances this season have seen him appear on the radar of many major clubs.
Defensively he has been excellent with his reading of the game and his willingness to be aggressive at tackle, but he has also shown a good technical side to his game.
His passing is great, his positioning is good, he’s athletic, and it shouldn’t be too expensive. Bissouma could be a great signing to bolster a stale midfield.
After starting his career at Lille, Lucas Digne joined PSG and played in the French capital for three seasons before joining Barcelona.
He never made it quite work in Spain and later joined Everton, where he is now recognized as one of the best full-backs in the league. However, throughout that period, PSG failed to really replace him.
Digne would be a huge improvement on his current left-back options and while it would likely be expensive as his contract runs through 2023, Pochettino would be insane if he didn’t at least make an effort to bring it in.
PSG have two first-choice centrals locked up, with Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe undisputed in their roles. However, beyond those two, the Parisian’s options seem bare.
Rudiger has slipped into the pecking order at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard and was scheduled to depart on the deadline day in the summer, but nothing materialized.
He has made just six appearances this season and Pochettino could try to lure a seasoned international to PSG cheaply, or on loan, with the promise of more playing time.