PSG 'planning big change' for Messi, Mbappe & Neymar

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain

It has been claimed that Paris Saint-Germain are planning a big change regarding the star-studded front trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Upon manager Christophe Galtier's arrival at the club in July 2022, Les Parisiens had a bloated squad.

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The French coach then oversaw a massive clearout, with the likes Angel Di Maria, Idrissa Gueye and Thilo Kehrer being allowed to leave on permanent deals, while others such as Julian Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa and Abdou Diallo were sent out on loan for entire season.

With the Parisians having sold Spaniard Pablo Sarabia in this window, the man at the helm is believed to be looking at bringing in another attacker before the January window ends.

According to L’Equipe, the 56-year-old will change the formation from his usual 4-3-1-2 structure to a 4-4-2 system, which will directly impact the roles of their big-name forward line.

It is said that PSG are searching the market for a right winger to occupy the right flank, with Neymar set to play on the left channel, while Messi and Mbappe will be the front two. 

The Ligue 1 giants are said to have already initiated contact with Olympique Lyon over the potential signing of highly-rated French talent Rayan Cherki, who can operate on the right flank.

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has quickly dismissed reports that the player could be on the move in this window, despite the 21-year-old being limited to just 646 minutes of action so far this season.

"Rayan is a child of the club who is part of our project, seeing him courted is normal and makes us proud of our academy too, but having him with us is much more important than anything," the Les Gones chief told RMC Sport.

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PSG's star attacking trio of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar has enjoyed a productive season this time out in contrast to the 2021/22 campaign.

So far this season, the three players have contributed with a combined 54 goals and 35 assists among them, despite only being half-way through the term.

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