Ligue 1 redundancies: Icardi (Psg), Dembélé (Lyon) and Strootman (Marseille)

In addition to the former Inter, PSG must place Draxler, Kehrer, Rafinha, Gueye, Herrera and Kurzawa. Lyon and Marseille also have the same problem

Not only Icardi. In this hot French summer, there are several prominent players who have ended up on the sidelines in their respective clubs, with the risk of missing a few trains to return to expressing themselves in the football that matters. At PSG, in addition to the former Nerazzurri, the redundancies include Draxler, Kehrer, Rafinha, Gueye, Herrera and Kurzawa. They all train separately, like Strootman, Amavi, Dieng and Caleta-Car in Marseille. And even in Lyon, there are those who are no longer part of the project and are pushed towards the exit, such as Boateng, Aouar and Punta Dembélé. But also the Italian-Senegalese Gomis in Rennes.


We therefore start with the PSG. Since yesterday, Icardi has been included in the group of players too many, who train separately, with another coach and who now risk, according to the Equipe, to play the weekend with the amateur team, managed by the PSG association, in fifth division. A setback not only for the former Nerazzurri, but also for players like Draxler and Kehrer, German internationals. The former likes it in the Bundesliga, the latter would have some chance of relaunching at West Ham. Even more paradoxical is the position of Gueye, champion of Africa in February with Senegal, asked to find another accommodation, perhaps in England. In midfield, after Sanches and Vitinha, PSG is trying to take on Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz. In short, there is no more space for him.


Rafinha, who arrived in 2020 from Barcelona, ​​after half a season on loan at Real Sociedad, could move to Atletico Mineiro. While for now Herrera does not intend to move from Paris where he earns € 650,000 gross per month. The Spaniard did not seem disturbed by the fact that he trained separately during the week, and he spent the weekends peacefully at home, with friends and family. A bit like full-back Kurzawa who last year did not play a single minute of Ligue 1, remaining at all costs at PSG in order not to give up his salary of half a million gross a month. And this is precisely the main brake of the Emir’s club’s potential negotiations with potential buyers, unwilling to guarantee similar salaries.


Waiting for an acceleration for Navas, closed by Donnarumma and increasingly inclined to reach Napoli, there are about twenty days left to find solutions to the “undesirables”. Also in Marseille, clubs for at least three players are being sought: Strootmann, fresh from loans in Genoa and Cagliari, does not participate in Tudor’s tactical sessions. Like full-back Amavi, who also pays for a fight with the new coach. And also the attacker Dieng is excluded from the round of call-ups. Next on the list is the central Croatian national Caleta-Car. In Lyon, there is a less hard line. No separate groups, but a clear message of American neo-ownership to the elements too many. Among these, the former Bayern Munich central, Boateng, frustrated by the idea of ​​having to play the bench. But also the striker Dembélé, who would prefer a renewal to a farewell. For the mezzala Aouar, one year from the deadline, there seem to be outlets in the Premier League. Meanwhile, the Italian-Senegalese goalkeeper Gomis awaits a call to disengage from Rennes where he is no longer part of the call-up, closed by the 37-year-old Mandanda, just arrived from Marseille, where he was redundant.