Juninho Pernambucano, formerly of Olympique Lyonnais and Brazil, has advised Paris Saint-Germain to sign his compatriot, Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
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While PSG remain in contention to retain their Ligue 1 crown this season, Laurent Blanc’s side have not been thoroughly convincing this term.
They ousted Chelsea from the Champions League, but were outclassed by Barcelona in the quarter-final—a reminder of the chasm that exists between themselves and the genuine giants of the European game.
As a result of their inadequacies, Paris are rumoured to be planning a summer overhaul, with players such as Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani and Yohan Cabaye linked with a move away from the club.
In their stead, the capital club will need new recruits, and will have a transfer kitty of around €80 million to spend.
Former Ligue 1 star Juninho has recommended his countryman Luiz Gustavo.
“He plays in front of the defence, he’s left-footed, he’s built, he’s fast,” the ex-international began, speaking to RMC, “they need to find a sentinel in front of the defence.
“[Thiago] Motta is remarkable, but he’s also fragile,” he continued, “if he wants to stay, I would keep him.
“But I would find another player of the same level or stronger, Cabaye is lost in the atmosphere, he hasn’t adapted.”
27-year-old Gustavo featured for Hoffenheim before moving to Bayern in 2011. He left two years later and has helped Wolfsburg to second place in the Bundesliga table this term.