Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain need to sign players like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, says coach Unai Emery

Paris Saint Germain need to sign a player of the calibre of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe in their quest to win the Champions League, according to their coach Unai Emery.

AFP July 20, 2017 20:00:43 IST
Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain need to sign players like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, says coach Unai Emery

New York: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) need to sign a player of the calibre of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe in their quest to win the Champions League, according to their coach Unai Emery.

In an interview published in French sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday Emery named Neymar as a world top-five player, just the class PSG needed to become a top European power.

He was speaking amid reports in Brazil and Spain that PSG were on the way to clinching a sensational deal to push Neymar away from Barcelona.

Ligue 1 Paris SaintGermain need to sign players like Neymar Kylian Mbappe says coach Unai Emery

File image of Neymar. AFP

"If we want to rival Bayern Munich, Barcelon and Real Madrid and win the Champions League we need to buy one of the top five players in the world today," Emery said after watching his side edge Roma on penalties in a friendly in the United States.

"Neymar has advanced his game massively and today he is one of the five best in the world," he said of the 25-year-old Brazilian who has a buy out clause at Barcelona of over 200 million euros.

"Our president is working hard to attract top players and our fans would be content to count on a new top player to go along with the talent we already have," said the Spaniard.

Earlier this week Neymar attempted to quell the rising speculation about his future by telling Goal.com that he was happy at Barcelona and was looking forward to a new season.

But PSG's quest for top players goes beyond the Brazilian striker and includes the likes of Monaco teenager Mbappe and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal's Chilean striker.

"(Alexis) Sanchez and Mbappe are huge players and what's more Mbappe is French - I want Frenchmen in this French club," he said.

The Parisian club are keen to strengthen their squad after the club failed to live up to expectations last season. In the Champions League round of 16 they suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at Barcelona, blowing a 4-0 first-leg advantage that left the club stunned.

They also gave up the French league title to rivals Monaco forcing the club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to sack the sports director Patrick Kluivert and bring in Antero Henrique.

The new director produced an early coup by signing Brazilian defender Dani Alves, who had been tipped to join Manchester City, on a free agent deal with no transfer fee.

Emery said Henrique's task was to bring in a major attacking player and keep unsettled stars Marquinhos, and Marco Verratti.

Updated Date:

also read

LaLiga: Late goals help Atletico Madrid stun Valencia, Sevilla held by Celta Vigo
Sports

LaLiga: Late goals help Atletico Madrid stun Valencia, Sevilla held by Celta Vigo

Sevilla's draw against Celta Vigo gives Real Madrid the chance to move six points clear at the top on Sunday.

LaLiga: Ousmane Dembele must leave before end of January, says Barcelona director of football
Sports

LaLiga: Ousmane Dembele must leave before end of January, says Barcelona director of football

Dembele has been left out of Xavi Hernandez's squad to face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey last 16 on Thursday night.

LaLiga: Still time for Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, says Carlo Ancelotti
Sports

LaLiga: Still time for Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, says Carlo Ancelotti

After missing the trip to Saudi Arabia, Bale is available to play against Elche on Thursday in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, when Hazard could also be given minutes.