Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that the issues faced by him in the club’s midfield are ‘very, very serious’ as he confirmed that the French champions are trying to sign a player in January.
The German coach has provided updates on his squad’s fitness and has pointed out that Adrien Rabiot is unavailable, having been banished to the reserves due to a contract stand-off, and Marco Verratti is sidelined by a sprained ankle.
Dani Alves filled in to the role played by Rabiot whereas his fellow Brazilian Marquinhos too played in the midfield for PSG as they thrashed Guingamp 9-0 in Ligue 1.
Now, AS report that with PSG set to face an in-form Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League last-16 in February, Tuchel wants to add to his midfield options before the transfer window closes with Napoli’s Allan and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure reportedly on his wish-list.
Speaking about his objectives this month, Tuchel claimed, “We have needs. We lost Adrien Rabiot, Lass Diarra and Marco Verratti, the situation has not improved. We stay with our decision [on Rabiot] because Marco returns in a few weeks. We stay with our basic choice.”
He continued, “We have recovered Dani Alves in this role but it is very, very serious for us. Who do I want? Yeah, yeah, I know. Unfortunately I cannot tell you! Julian Draxler has the quality to play with us because he can adapt and he is very, very reliable in many positions.”
Revealing Rabiot’s situation, Tuchel concluded, “I have already talked a lot about Adrien and this subject. I can only repeat that it’s a thing between the club and him.”