imbroglio around the arrival of Moroccan Hakim Ziyech at PSG
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PSG thought it had its rookie for the winter of 2023 in the person of Hakim Ziyech, but an administrative problem blocked the validation of the transfer. The French club is considering an appeal.
Definitely, a month of January to forget for PSG. The current Ligue 1 leader finds himself at the end of the winter transfer window without a recruit, the fault of an administrative imbroglio around the loan of Moroccan Hakim Ziyech. The French club should file an appeal on Wednesday 1er february.
Until the last minutes of the evening, everything seemed in order for Ziyech’s arrival at PSG. The 29-year-old was in Paris, had passed his medical examination, his club had agreed to a loan without an option to buy which would have saved the sluggish transfer window of PSG…
An appeal on Wednesday?
But everything finally went wrong: according to two sources with knowledge of the file, Chelsea made several errors in the transmission of the administrative documents necessary for the approval of the contract of the international winger… Documents which finally arrived too late, arousing anger in internal to Paris.
The Professional Football League (LFP) had given the clubs until 11 p.m. to send the contracts, then midnight to register their transfers in the software dedicated to international transfers (Fifa TMS)… A timed and uncompromising schedule.
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. But a reversal of the situation would establish a dangerous precedent… According to information from L’Équipe, the request should be studied from Wednesday morning.
PSG therefore finds itself 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 expected signing of the Slovak 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.
At the end of the evening, PSG also agreed to let their No. 2 goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, go on loan to Nottingham Forest.