PSG will have to pay £8.5million to sign managerial target Christophe Galtier

CHRISTOPHE GALTIER-Lille-Ligue 1 | Photo Credit: IMAGO

Paris Saint-Germain will have to pay £8.5million to land their top managerial target Christophe Galtier.

The current Nice boss is the favourite to take over at the PSG from Mauricio Pochettino. The Frenchman led Nice to a fifth-place finish in Ligue 1 last season and into the Europa Conference League qualifiers and is currently the leading candidate to take over at Parc des Princes. 

But with two years remaining in his contract at Nice, PSG will have to pay a settlement to Nice for the 55-year-old to go to the capital.

According to Foot Mercato, PSG consider the £8.5 million quoted as too much and are unwilling to pay more than £4 million for Galtier’s services. But the French news outlet reports that there are talks of players acting as makeweights in the deal with Nice instead.

Galtier made his name in Lille, where he won the French Ligue 1 title two seasons ago. He took over at Lille in December 2017, when they were in the relegation zone. After avoiding relegation by a single point that season, Galtier guided Lille to second in Ligue 1 and back into the Champions League after a seven-year absence the next season.

The Frenchman followed up this incredible turnaround by winning the league with Lille in the 2020/21 season for the first time in 10 years and ahead of serial winners and financial giants PSG. 

PSG have stepped up their pursuit of Galtier after losing out on bringing number one target Zinedine Zidane to the club. 

The former Real Madrid coach was the favourite to take over the job, but he recently revealed that he did not want to take the PSG role, and is instead holding out for the France job after the World Cup in Qatar. 

“I want to continue. I still have this flame. Football is my passion,” Zidane told Telefoot. “I’m 50 years old, fulfilled, I’m happy, that’s the most important thing.”