As every year, the temperature rises behind the scenes from the winter period on the side of the women’s PSG, with executives and hopefuls to remember, as their rating grows and the end of the season approaches. The departures have been quite significant in the recent past, as illustrated by the example of the Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who left for OL without a transfer fee, or that of the former Spanish captain Irène Paredes, who arrived free at Barca.
PSG has nevertheless offered notable successes. He managed to retain his international midfielder Grace Geyoro despite a big offer from Chelsea, which returned to the charge in January without success, and especially his young star Marie-Antoinette Katoto. The 24-year-old center-forward, advised by Diani’s companion, led an arduous, tense standoff and finally concluded last summer with an extension until 2025, with a big salary increase at the key.
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The following month, in August, the club consolidated its women’s section by appointing the Italian Angelo Castellazzi, an ex-assistant to Leonardo, as sporting director, with former international Sabrina Delannoy as his assistant. The pair struggled to find a new coach, Gérard Prêcheur, and to manage the persistent turbulence linked to the case of the attack on Kheira Hamraoui, who was sidelined and then reinstated, despite the hostility of part of the locker room, Katoto in the lead.
In this context, negotiations around the end of the contract have been delayed. The Parisian club is now juggling several hot issues (Barbora Votikova, Ashley Lawrence, Amanda Ilestedt, Laurina Fazer …), with the hope of reaching extension agreements by the end of February, ideally. Above the pile, Diani’s file seems the most complex.
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Arrived in 2017, the star winger of the France team represents the highest value of the workforce with Katoto, currently injured. And like “MAK” last year, “Kadi” carries the women’s section on his shoulders this season, with 13 goals scored in all competitions. The co-captain offered a prestigious victory to the Parisiennes, on December 11 in Lyon (1-0), with the first place in D1 as a bonus. What give a little air to the staff, annoyed in the fall by the sometimes dilettante behavior of certain executives and by disappointing results (draws in Le Havre and against Montpellier).
The Diani-dependency, however, places the club in a delicate situation in the context of the negotiations for the extension of the player’s contract. These are made complicated by the new attitude adopted vis-à-vis César Mavacala, the companion of the player, adviser to several other Parisians including Katoto, Oriane Jean-François, the young Magnaba Folquet and Manssita Traoré.
The influential forty-year-old, a must in recent months, complains of having become persona non grata at PSG since the start of the season, yet another shock linked to the Hamraoui affair. Close to Aminata Diallo, indicted in this case, his name often came up in the procedure and in the press, without himself being worried. Questioned by AFP, the club kicks in touch on this new distance.
Kadidiatou Diani with PSG in the Champions League
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To circumvent it, management hopes to negotiate directly with Marta Fischer, holder of an agent license and whose name already appears in Katoto’s extension agreement … a file that César Mavacala claims to have negotiated. The club would like to extend Diani (27) for two or even three seasons, but knows that it is exposed to offensives from wealthy clubs.
After Euro 2022, where Diani made a strong impression until the semi-finals, the striker born in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne), passed by Vitry and Juvisy, actually arouses envy. Real Madrid and an American club have already come to the information. Always on the lookout for a good shot, OL are necessarily following this file closely since in the event of failure of the discussions with Paris, the European champion club could collect the attacker next summer without paying the lower transfer fee.
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