Paris Saint-Germain will receive competition from Atletico Madrid, as both clubs lock horns for the signing of one of RB Leipzig’s defenders,
Paris Saint-Germain fell short in the Ligue 1 and Champions League this season as they ended the season by only winning the Trophee des Champions and Coupe de France. The team was substandard at the back and despite the best efforts of the likes of Angel di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, Moise Kean and Neymar in attack, the defence ultimately was a weak-link.
Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe were a formidable pairing in the heart of defence, but the lack of support for them on the defensive flanks was there to see. Alessandro Florenzi, who was at the club on loan from Roma, had a far from ideal campaign, whereas Juan Bernat’s injury left PSG short of experienced options in the left-back’s role.
While Bernat will be fit enough to feature regularly next season, the Parisians require an injection of a fresh face on the right side of defence. Since Thomas Meunier’s departure, there had been a visible lack of momentum, offensively and defensively, throughout last season caused by Florenzi’s one-dimensioned defensive gameplay.
According to Bild, the French giants are now keen on finding a solution to their problem and will look to invest in a right-back this summer. RB Leipzig’s Nordi Mukiele tops their wish-list, with Atletico Madrid being an interested party as well. The 23-year-old’s price tag worth 30 million euros makes him an affordable and attractive option for both clubs.
By landing Mukiele, Paris Saint-Germain would get their hands on a perhaps generational right-back who is also capable of adapting to the roles of a central defender or midfielder. The Frenchman is a pacey defender, whose attacking impetus is something that a modern day footballer of his primary position must possess. Admirably, Mukiele is solid defensively too.
However, it must not be forgotten that Mukiele’s probable acquisition is a two-horse race which involves Atletico Madrid too. Los Rojiblancos won La Liga this season but their lack of squad depth failed to take them much further than the preliminary knockout stages in either of the Champions League or Copa del Rey, thereby requiring them a slight rebuild.
With Kieran Trippier being linked with a move to Manchester United, Atletico are looking to renew the Englishman’s contract and also sign Mukiele, should the former leave or be injured or suspended. Earlier on in the season, Trippier was banned for ten weeks for betting violations and Sime Vrsaljko, naturally a centre-back was forced to play wide in defence.
In hindsight, it is understandable to see why Atletico are also looking into a cheap and long-term option in the right-back position. Diego Simeone’s need for a player of such attributes is profound, and perhaps on equal measure with the PSG’s. However, from the player’s point of view, a move to the Parc des Princes may be a better steppingstone.
PSG play an attacking brand of football which will get the best out of Mukiele in both, the defensive and offensive, aspects of the game. Atletico meanwhile are a team which relies more on the midfielders and forwards for the attacking thrust and defenders in Simeone’s set-up tend to have an unwavering role in defence, without having the chance to attack.
Which of the clubs between Atleti and PSG will be the better choice for Mukiele?