PSG Transfer News Roundup: Marco van Basten criticizes Lionel Messi’s personality; Parisians identify Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement, and more

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is likely to have a busy summer. The Parisians failed to reach their goal of winning the UEFA Champions League in the recently concluded campaign, so changes are now expected at the club.

Meanwhile, former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten has said Lionel Messi is not a warrior. Elsewhere, the Ligue 1 giants have identified the replacement for current manager Mauricio Pochettino.

On that note, here’s a look at the key PSG transfer stories on June 15, 2022:

Marco van Basten slams Lionel Messi’s personality

Lionel Messi's first season at PSG was one to forget.
Lionel Messi’s first season at PSG was one to forget.

Dutch legend Marco van Basten has said that Lionel Messi does not have the personality of a warrior. The Argentine is one of the best players to have ever graced the beautiful game. The 34-year-old has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards and has numerous records to his name.

However, Messi has endured a difficult time since coming to PSG from Barcelona last summer, scoring just 11 times in all competitions. His stock remains high, especially after winning two trophies with the national team in the past year. However, Van Baston believes that Messi is not among the top three players of all time.

Marco van Basten does not place Lionel Messi in his top 3 players of all time!

Speaking to France Football, as relayed by Marca, the Dutchman said Messi is not leading from the front.

“Pele, (Diego) Maradona and (Johan) Cruyff are for me the three greatest players in history. As a child I wanted to be just like Cruyff. He was my friend. I miss him. Pele and Maradona were also incredible. Messi is also a great player, but Maradona always had more personality in a team. Messi is not the one who puts himself at the front to go to war,” said Van Basten.

PSG identify replacement Mauricio Pochettino

Christophe Galtier could take the lead in the Parc des Princes.
Christophe Galtier could take the lead in the Parc des Princes.

PSG have identified Nice manager Christophe Galtier as the ideal replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, according to Gianluca Di Marzio via PSG Talk.

The Argentine manager is under immense pressure after failing to capture the UEFA Champions League title last season. Pochettino is unlikely to last through the summer as the Parisians look to refresh the club’s line-up.

🚨 PSG are close to appointing Christophe Galtier as their new head coach. (Source: @DiMarzio)

Galtier has emerged as the frontrunner for the hot seat at the Parc des Princes. New sporting director Luis Campos is pushing for the switch after working with Galtier in Lille. The Parisians could try to appoint a new manager before securing roster reinforcements this summer.

Keylor Navas delighted to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022

Keylor Navas helped Costa Rica qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Keylor Navas helped Costa Rica qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Keylor Navas expressed his joy after helping Costa Rica qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year. The South American nation recorded a 1-0 win over New Zealand to book their ticket to Qatar. Navas played a vital role in the game, making four saves in 90 minutes.

After the game, the PSG goalkeeper said his team always believed they would play in the World Cup.

“I think we have always believed in it, despite the fact that, as they say, we had a lot of finals. We played a lot of games there with the water up to here. We knew we couldn’t make mistakes, we had to win, but I think that’s where the greatness of every player showed, and we managed to move forward,” said Navas.

He added:

“Well, for now I think we should enjoy it now. There will be time to think. I think we’ve been under too much pressure for a long time.”

Navas continued:

“We knew what we were playing for as footballers in the country itself, football in Costa Rica, that we could qualify for the World Cup. And today is a day to enjoy, to be calm, and we will think about what is to come. Of course you always want to get better, but today we are going to enjoy it.”

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