Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) started the pre-season with a 2-0 win over Quevilly-Rouen at the Center d’entrainement Ooredoo on Friday. A Sergio Ramos penalty and Djeidi Gassama’s goal gave Christophe Galtier his first win as Paris manager.
Meanwhile, Gianluigi Buffon opened the eternal debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Elsewhere, the Ligue 1 champions have completed the signature of Hugo Ekitike.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the top PSG transfer stories from July 15, 2022:
Gianluigi Buffon opens the debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Gianluigi Buffon has given his verdict on the never-ending debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine opened a new chapter in his professional career with his move to PSG last summer.
At a recent press conference, Buffon spoke about a range of issues, including his retirement.
“I could retire at 55; I spent ten years at Parma in my first life, then 20 at Juventus. I’ve been thinking about retirement for 10 years, but I’ve always kept going. I had important experiences that helped me get to know the world of football, but I’m not sure I’ll stay in that world after I retire. Maybe I could try something else,” Buffon said.
Buffon was asked to choose a side between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but refused to comply.
“I’ve never played with Messi, so I can’t answer that. I’m telling you, champions are in the dressing room too. You have to focus on the men and not the footballers. When people talk about the greatest player of all time, they should remember that football has changed and that’s helping us to perform better,” Buffon said.
“It’s unfair to question Pele, Maradona or Crujiff. If you have sportsmanship, you have to be willing to admit that you were the best player along with others.”
Buffon went on to reveal the top five players he has played with in his career.
“The top five Italian footballers I’ve played with are Baggio, Del Piero Totti, Pirlo and Cassano. For foreign players, I pick Thuram, Neymar, Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic,” Buffon said.
PSG complete signing of Hugo Ekitike
PSG have completed the signing of Hugo Ekitike, Reims have confirmed it. The French forward joins the Santiago Bernabeu this summer for a fee of around €30m plus surcharges.
The 20-year-old was heavily courted by Newcastle United who failed to strike a deal with the player’s agent. The Parisians eventually snooped in to get their man, but they bid less than the magpies and still got their man.
Speaking to I’Union, Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot confirmed that PSG paid less than the Magpies for Ekitike.
“We didn’t quite reach the sum offered by Newcastle but Hugo Ekitike was always respectful towards the club. We are happy that he can fulfill his dream,” said Caillot.
Leeds United are in talks to sign Arnaud Kalimuendo
According to 90 Min, Leeds United are in talks with PSG to facilitate a move for Arnaud Kalimuendo. The Premier League side are looking to step up their attack ahead of the new season. The club have identified the 20-year-old as their top target for the summer and are close to agreeing a €25m deal with the Parisians.
Kalimuendo has spent the last two seasons on loan at Lens and stood out after scoring 12 goals in Ligue 1 last season. Despite his recent form, the 20-year-old is unlikely to break into Christophe Galtier’s starting XI and could be allowed to leave. Leeds remain hopeful of snapping up the player this summer.
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