Exclusive – Paris Saint-Germain are facing a battle to persuade highly-rated youngsters Adil Aouchiche and Tanguy Kouassi to renew their contracts at the club, with several English sides interested in landing the pair.
Both 17-year-olds, who have made their debuts this season for PSG’s senior side, will be out of contract at the Parc des Princes at the end of the season, but talks are ongoing over potentially extending their deals.
Aouchiche, an attacking midfielder, has managed three appearances this year and even bagged a goal in January’s Coupe de France victory over Linas-Montlhéry, while centre-back Kouassi has made 13 appearances and was a regular part of the starting lineup before Ligue 1 was suspended.
Their performances have caught the eye of a number of teams across Europe, and a source has confirmed to 90min that several sides are keen on landing the duo this summer, but PSG are hopeful they can convince the pair to sign new deals.
One avenue which PSG are exploring is to find teams to take the pair on loan next season to try and offer both some first-team football, and one potential option is Leeds United.
As revealed by 90min in March, PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi is in talks with Leeds counterpart Andrea Radrizzani over a potential takeover, and a link between the two sides’ first teams could well be formed.
Al-Khelaifi is eager for talk of the takeover to take a back seat before the season is finished so as to avoid impacting their promotion push, but there is an optimism that a £120m agreement will be finalised before the start of next season.
Leeds, who sat top of the Championship before play was halted, are on track to seal promotion to the Premier League, so Marcelo Bielsa will be looking for some exciting additions to his squad to try and and ensure Leeds’ safety in the top flight, and both Aouchiche and Kouassi fit the bill.
It will all come down to whether PSG can convince the pair to commit to contract extensions, but Aouchiche and Kouassi’s increased first-team involvement this season have given them confidence that deals can be agreed.
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