“If PSG wants Galtier, he must not delay”. The football director of OGC Nice, Julien Fournier, had warned his world last week. It is now done. As announced by L’Équipe late Thursday evening, the capital club made initial contact with the management of the Gym about Christopher Galtier, under contract until June 2024. One more step towards the recruitment of the French coach to replace Mauricio Pochettino, whose departure has been confirmed.
As revealed in our columns, the Argentine coach should be officially thanked in the coming days. The lawyers for the former Tottenham and PSG reached a separation agreement this week, one year from the end of his contract. Arrived in January 2020 on the Parisian bench, Pochettino will therefore stop here, leaving with a champion title (2022) and a Champions Trophy in his pocket (2021). Christophe Galtier, 55, is the priority of Luis Campos, new PSG football adviser appointed on June 10.
With this first Paris-Nice contact, nothing seems to be blocking his arrival in the capital. It remains to know the price of the transfer because, to attract him, the leaders of PSG will have to pay compensation on which the two clubs must agree. A sum which should be around 5 million euros.
Al-Khelaïfi in action
It is President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi who has made direct contact with his Nice counterpart Jean-Pierre Rivère in recent hours in order to move this file forward. A phone call which confirms that the Galtier option is now validated at all stages of the PSG rocket, from Qatar to Luis Campos. Since the end of his mission in Lille in December 2020, the latter has never broken contact with the former coach of AS Saint-Étienne. On the contrary, the two men have not ceased to exchange. In the coach’s clan, there is little doubt about the conclusion of this file.
According to our information, the duo which brought Losc to the title in 2021 is therefore in the process of being reformed. They have even already discussed the contours of the next PSG transfer window in order to best surround Kylian Mbappé, Marco Verratti or Marquinhos. As we wrote, the minimum priorities of the red and blue club for this summer are a defender (Slovakian Milan Skriniar’s trail advances), two midfielders and a striker. The staff of Christophe Galtier is also already taking shape: to support him, the name of the Portuguese Joao Sacramento, 33, returns according to several media. He was his assistant in Lille before having experiences at Tottenham and AS Roma with the famous José Mourinho.
Negotiations between Nice and Paris will continue. No communication is expected this Friday evening or this weekend from the two entities. PSG must also first officially announce the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. It is the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one which is taking shape in the capital with the very probable arrival of Galtier. The Marseillais by birth agrees to join PSG, and even enthusiastic. For him, it is the challenge of a lifetime, and nothing seems to be able to oppose this marriage even if, in the upper echelons of the club, we have long dreamed of Zinedine Zidane.
Although exchanges did take place between Doha and the 1998 world champion, no agreement was ever reached between the two parties. The ex-Real Madrid coach has always given priority to the France team after Didier Deschamps. Unless the situation turns around, it is therefore indeed Christophe Galtier who will lead the resumption of PSG training on July 4. To replace him at OGC Nice, the track Lucien Favre, who has already officiated on the Côte d’Azur, is approached.