Chelsea infuriates PSG, OM go all-in on Vitinha… The summary of a crazy last day

Chelsea infuriates PSG, OM go all-in on Vitinha… The summary of a crazy last day

It was not a fax problem, but the result is the same. While everything was tied up to welcome Hakim Ziyech on loan until the end of the season, Tuesday during the last day of the winter transfer window, PSG will most likely have to do without the Moroccan winger. According to two sources familiar with the case, quoted by AFP, Chelsea made several errors in the transmission of the administrative documents necessary for the approval of the player’s contract. Documents which finally arrived after the deadline set at 11 p.m., arousing anger internally in Paris.

According to one of these sources, PSG plans to file an appeal on Wednesday with the LFP to try to validate this loan despite these delays. An approach that has little chance of succeeding. If the League acceded to this request, it would establish a dangerous case law for future transfer windows.

OM gained weight in attack

So here is PSG without a winter recruit, an unlikely situation for its wealthy Qatari owners, even more two weeks before the knockout stages of the Champions League against Bayern Munich, while the results are slipping. Because in defense, Paris also missed the hoped-for signing of Milan Skriniar, Inter Milan preferring to let him go free at the end of the season, rather than giving him up at the end of January without having found his replacement.

For their part, OM have struck a blow with the arrival of promising Portuguese striker Vitinha. The young striker (22) has signed up for four and a half years for a total amount of up to 32 million euros (25 million + 7 million bonus), to which could be added 10% of a future transfer , according to the Portuguese club. This will make him the most expensive recruit in the history of the Marseille club. This arrival concludes in any case a spectacular winter recruitment after the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovskyi and the Moroccan revelation of the 2022 World Cup Azzedine Ounahi.

Elsewhere in L1, big deals have been few. Lorient managed two nice gains by selling their winger Dango Ouattara to Bournemouth for more than 20 million euros, then their center forward Terem Moffi to Nice, where the Nigerian striker signed on Tuesday for a loan with a purchase obligation set at 25 million euros plus 5 million bonuses.

In Lyon, sad 9th in Ligue 1, OL have slimmed down and remodeled their workforce. Dejan Lovren, a former home, reinforced the defense, and the young Swede Amin Sarr came to garnish the attack, as well as the Brazilian winger Jeffinho. But the Lyon leaders have failed in their quest for a defensive midfielder.

Chelsea fall for Enzo Fernandez

In terms of sales, the most lucrative transaction of the winter in L1 is to the credit of Monaco, which recovered nearly 40 million euros from Chelsea for its defender Benoît Badiashile. A drop of water in the expensive transfer window of the London club, which will have invested more than 300 million euros this winter.

The Blues cracked the checkbook to steal Ukrainian striker Mykhailo Mudryk from Arsenal’s nose and beard, then finalized the arrival of world champion Enzo Fernandez (Benfica) for a record amount in England of 121 million euros. Just that.