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5 players who could leave PSG this January

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Ben Arfa's move to PSG has not gone according to plan
Ben Arfa's move to PSG has not gone according to plan

This summer was a pretty eventful one for Paris Saint-Germain with the world record transfer of Neymar and the season-long loan deal for Kylian Mbappe.

The deals have also brought about the question of FFP rules violations following which UEFA reportedly opened investigations in light of the transfers.

Nevertheless, the two arrivals have certainly made the Parisians' attack an entirely different proposition while also pushing other players to the fringes at the same time.

The PSG squad boasts some wonderful talents who might not be around by the time January ends due to a lack of playing time at the moment. We take a look at five players whose futures are likely to be away from the Parc des Princes.

#1 Hatem Ben Arfa

"He's shown at Nice that he can make the difference with the ball. Hatem has the level of Messi but has not chosen correctly." - Karim Benzema.

This statement gives an idea of the class of Ben Arfa and at the same time, highlights the profligate nature of the player.

His stints at previous clubs have always been filled with drama and controversy, including disputes, scuffles and problems related to training.

His season with Nice in 2015/2016 was the exception though, one in which he scored 18 goals in 37 games for the club, looking every bit the player fans had hoped he would become.

The performances appeared to be an indication of the progress he had made following years of struggle and despair. His reward was a move to the capital club, a perfect place to showcase his flair and skill on the ball.


What went wrong?

This was an opportunity to finally silence his doubters and make up for lost time. The start was encouraging as he scored on his debut for PSG.

However, as the season wore on, old demons resurfaced and started to haunt him again.

Ben Arfa usually thrives when he is the main man at the club which is impossible at PSG. He is not the first choice he always was in Nice, and has had to compete with Angel Di Maria and Lucas for starting berths.

Possible destinations

A move to Leicester City was reported with the Frenchman ready to reunite with Claude Puel, who managed him at Nice.

Interest from Turkish clubs has also made the rounds, although Ben Arfa might prefer a return to England.

His PSG career is all but over after his relationship with coach Unai Emery further deteriorated, resulting in him making allegations about the club.

It's now a question of when, not if, Ben Arfa departs. A transfer in January will be best for both parties.

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