Women’s PSG: two arrivals, departures… the workforce is being adjusted

Women's PSG: two arrivals, departures… the workforce is being adjusted

The first part of the season is almost perfect. But the club knows it: it started the 2022-2023 financial year “late”. The serious injury of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, the management of the Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui cases, the internal restructuring, from the sports director to the coach… Last summer saw its share of movements. Despite this context, the Parisiennes managed to complete the first leg of the championship ahead of OL (one point ahead) and to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League as group runners-up. To ensure an equally accomplished second half of the season, the club has been working for weeks on several adjustments to the workforce.

In the rank of arrivals, first. On Tuesday, PSG announced the signing of Amalie Vangsgaard, a 26-year-old Danish striker who was free of contract after a spell in Sweden at Linköping FC. International (4 selections), she ticks all the boxes sought by the staff of Gérard Prêcheur: scorer, tall in size (1.78 m) and fast. Since Katoto’s injury in July, PSG had no real professional striker. The Icelandic Berglind Thorvalsdottir, recruited at the end of the summer transfer window, only played fifteen minutes in the league and does not offer all the guarantees to the Parisian staff.

Cascarino to Manchester United?

In the next few hours, PSG must also register a reinforcement in central defense with the arrival of Jamaican Allyson Swaby. The 26-year-old international (14 caps) plays for Angel City FC in California, where she only played two games in 2022. The 2023 season has not yet started in the United States. His sister, Chantelle Swaby, 22, has been evolving since this season at Fleury under the orders of Fabrice Abriel. A point that also weighed in the decision of Allyson Swaby, who wanted to return to Europe after experiences in Iceland and Italy at AS Roma between 2018 and 2022. Finally, the capital club is also targeting a young American player this winter but nothing has been finalized yet.

Among the departures, the first decision concerns Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams. At 34, the former Arsenal player will leave Paris six months after her arrival. Head to England and Brighton for the ultimate European experience. The return to training of the Czech Barbora Votikova after a long absence (knee) places the latter number 2 with Constance Picaud behind the holder Sarah Bouhaddi. In addition, in central defense, the Austrian Marina Georgieva could also leave this winter. Just like Thorvaldsdottir. The staff have not been convinced by their contribution since last summer.

Finally, Estelle Cascarino is closely followed by Manchester United. At the end of the contract in June 2024, the French international, a versatile left-handed defender, was approached by several clubs this winter. But the Red Devils were the most insistent with PSG for a player they want to install in midfield. Negotiations are underway for a transfer between two clubs which had already exchanged well last summer when the Dutchman Jackie Groenen arrived in Paris.