Three players, and three thorny cases before PSG-OL, semi-final second leg of the Champions League: Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Kheira Hamraoui and Wendie Renard. In Paris, which has just extended its winger Sandy Baltimore until 2024, midfielders Sara Däbritz, Luana and Aminata Diallo are also at the end of their contract, like international Amel Majri and defender Kadeisha Buchanan at OL.
So many issues that will animate the coming weeks, especially since the two flagship teams of the French championship, in the running on Saturday for a place in the C1 final (first leg: 3-2 for Lyon), have become accustomed to providing at the rival in recent years.
Katoto, the priority
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This is by far the hottest issue in the transfer window. At 23, the top scorer in women’s D1 (17 goals) Marie-Antoinette Katoto casts doubt on her future, two months from the end of her contract. The major asset of the Paris attack and the France team put pressure on her club by acknowledging to AFP that she was “totally disagree” with PSG in early April, claiming to “true deeds“.
“There are a lot of discussions (with other clubs), a lot of considerations“, added the centre-forward, “open to everything“for her future, as interest from Lyon and Barcelona have been mooted in the press. PSG have confirmed through women’s section manager Ulrich Ramé that they want to make Katoto”spearheading next season and the future“, and this will pass according to the specialized press by a salary increase, at least at the height of Kadidiatou Diani, the best paid player in the workforce.
Hamraoui, thorny file
The “acts“asked by Katoto from the Parisian management have not been publicly disclosed, but the Kheira Hamraoui affair weighs heavily in this file. It is indeed difficult to imagine Katoto and Hamraoui evolving side by side next season: the relations between the two players have been freezing since the attack on the midfielder in November, still unsolved, then the custody of her partner Aminata Diallo, released without charge against her and defended in the locker room by Katoto and Diani.
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But Kheira Hamraoui (32) still has a year of contract with PSG, which complicates the file. Will she agree to end it early? Where could she bounce? So many questions that PSG will have to answer quickly. However, Hamraoui’s future has taken a new turn in recent days. After an altercation on Saturday before the semi-final first leg, the former Barcelonan did not show up for the trip to Lyon and was sidelined from training until the weekend, after a meeting attended by the sporting director Leonardo. Will she wear the Parisian jersey again?
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In Lyon, the main question concerns captain Wendie Renard, who has just celebrated her 100th Champions League match at the age of 31. At the end of the contract in June, the captain of the Bleues has never hidden her desires elsewhere, after 15 years at OL. “If I have to try a new experience, it’s now. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, so I don’t know. But the president knows that I want to see another championship. I always said“, said the defender daily West France in February.
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The Lyon central defense also risks being orphaned by Canadian Olympic champion Kadeisha Buchanan, whom the Spanish press is already sending to Real Madrid. If the attacking players are secure at least until next season (Catarina Macario, Ada Hegerberg, Melvin Malard, Delphine Cascarino), two midfielders are out of contract: Amel Majri, currently pregnant, and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir, who has, she gave birth in November to a baby boy.
“We try to anticipate. Being leaders in women’s football but also in the conditions in which it is played can allow us to be innovative, in particular with Amel and with other“, had explained the president Jean-Michel Aulas in February.
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