PSG ‘make contact with Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici’ as the French giants ‘look to replace sporting director Leonardo’ following yet another failed Champions League campaign
- PSG have ‘made contact’ with Fabio Paratici as they look to replace Leonardo
- Relationship between sporting director Leonardo and the club has diminished
- It comes after the French giants’ catastrophic Champions League exit this week
- Now PSG are looking to bring in Spurs transfer guru to help rebuild the team
- Reports also suggest that PSG are looking at Lyon chief Jean-Claude Blanc
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly made contact with Fabio Paratici as they look to swiftly replace sporting director Leonardo.
The Brazilian’s future at the Parc des Princes is in doubt following yet another failed Champions League campaign under his watch, with Wednesday’s dramatic 3-2 collapse against Real Madrid seeing the French giants fall short in Europe yet again despite boasting one of the world’s most expensive squads.
The defeat and the manner in which it has happened has led to PSG management to consider a total revamp and Leonardo looks set to leave his role as sporting director for a second time.
PSG have ‘made contact’ with Fabio Paratici (left) as they look to replace Leonardo (right)
And with Leonardo heading for the exit, TuttoMercatoWeb have reported that PSG have directly made contact with Tottenham transfer chief Paratici about the possibility of taking over from him.
The report suggests that only initial contact have been made and the feasibility of the idea could be rather tempting to the Italian, given the budget he would be provided with to help rebuild the squad.
However, PSG will be sure to face a fight in poaching the former Juventus man away from Tottenham, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy likely to dig his heels in to keep Paratici at the club – having appointed him just last summer.
PSG are looking to bring in Spurs transfer guru to help rebuild the team after European failure
TuttoMercatoWeb are also reporting that PSG are also interested in hiring Lyon chief Jean-Claude Blanc, which means that nothing has been set in stone as it stands.
Another member of staff that also looks set for the exit is Mauricio Pochettino.
Leonardo refused to back the former Spurs boss at least beyond the summer following the French’s side Champions League capitulation against Real Madrid.
Having won the first leg 1-0, PSG were cruising at the Bernabeu when Kylian Mbappe put them 2-0 up on aggregate.
But the runaway French league leaders were left stunned when Karim Benzema pulled one back just after the hour mark before netting twice more in the next 17 minutes to complete his hat-trick, turn the tie on its head and dump out Pochettino’s men.
Mauricio Pochettino is also facing the axe at PSG after their Champions League exit
Leonardo (centre) failed to back Pochettino’s position at the club in the long term
The result now leaves the Pochettino facing the sack, with Leonardo admitting he had failed in his objective to win the Champions League. Although he backed the Argentine publicly he didn’t endorse him to remain in charge at least for the long term.
‘We shouldn’t throw everything in the bin. We shouldn’t start from scratch after every loss,’ Leonardo told RMC Sport, via Get French Football News.
‘The objective is to win the Champions League, and until half time we were fine.
‘We have to look to improve this team and maintain morale to play in Ligue 1 and to finish the season well.
‘We should stay together. Pochettino is still part of the project for this season. It’s not the time to think about that.’
Karim Benzema’s hat-trick in the final 30 minutes dumped out the French league leaders
Pochettino admitted he was disappointed with the defeat but called for calm heads.
‘The present is all I can deal with. As for the future, what will be will be. We play to compete and to win. It’s a hard blow to take but we have to keep a calm head now.’
That ‘que sera sera’ response will not go down well with the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who Spanish television reporter Monica Marchante reported was incandescent with rage after the defeat.
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