Leonardo suggests PSG made ‘mistake’ over Chelsea and Manchester United transfers


Leonardo admitted PSG may have made a mistake (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo suggested the club made a ‘mistake’ letting Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani join Chelsea and Manchester United this summer.

The long-serving duo both left the Parisians on a free transfer this summer and ended up signing for the Premier League giants.

Silva, 36 has got off to an impressive start at the heart of Chelsea’s defence, helping his side concede just one goal in their past five games in all competitions, while also scoring against Sheffield United in a 4-1 win on Saturday.

Cavani, meanwhile, scored the first goal of his Manchester United career in a 3-1 win over Everton this weekend as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side bounced back from disappointing defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

PSG have been hit hard by injuries this season, with Mauro Icardi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all currently sidelined.

Thomas Tuchel’s side – who reached the Champions League final last season – are top of Ligue 1 but have lost two of their opening three Champions League games – including a 2-1 defeat to Cavani’s new side – and face an early exit from Europe’s premier competition.

Cavani and Thiago met in the Premier League (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

PSG chief Leonardo said a ‘financial and generational problem’ was at the heart of Silva and Cavani’s exits.

But with the pair – who are 36 and 33 respectively – both proving they can still perform at the highest level, Leonardo admitted the club may have made a mistake.

He said: ‘At one moment, we have to say “what are we going to do?”

‘We spoke clearly with them. It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted. It was a financial and generational problem. 

‘It was the moment to count on Marquinhos and Kimpembe. The decisions were difficult to take. Aside from that, we could have made a mistake.’

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