Paris Saint-Germain has gone from breaking the bank of the signings in 2017 to move with great caution in 2019. Conditioned by the scrutiny of UEFA, which monitors its accounts to the limit of the budget imbalance, now the richest club in France fishing selectively in less crowded fishing grounds. This Tuesday made official the signing of Pablo Sarabia after paying about 20 million euros to Sevilla.
"Sarabia is the most different player in Castilla", repeated in 2011 his former coach Antonio Díaz, who had been in charge at the youth academy of Madrid, when the attacking midfielder was transferred to Getafe for three million euros. Then he had just turned 19 and stood out for the surgical use of his left leg, but was far from calling the attention of the board as a talent at the height of the first team. His creativity increased the closer he got to the rival area, hence his "different" status. Ingenuity in small spaces is an innate quality, difficult to cultivate with training. A characteristic that Sarabia developed over the past years. Little by little, it was incorporating other values. He began to participate more in the intendancy of the game in a more continuous way and did not lose unbalancing resources. He reached his zenith at Sevilla, where he arrived practically free for three seasons. The last played 53 games, scored 23 goals and gave 17 assists in all official tournaments.
Thomas Tuchel, the PSG coach, is concerned about rebuilding the midfield since joining the club a year ago. The departures of Lo Celso, Motta and Rabiot have left the team exposed where more players need Tuchel to develop their game of mass associations. The signing of defensive midfielder Leandro Paredes in the last winter market for 40 million euros pointed in that direction. It is followed by Sarabia, the first operation in a market that generates great expectations in Paris.