PSG ‘close to £8.6m agreement for Christophe Galtier and hope to seal deal with Nice by Thursday’
PSG and Nice ‘have almost £8.6million deal for Christophe Galtier, with the two sides hoping for a deal by Thursday’ but the Ligue 1 champions ‘have to wait to announce the appointment until after Mauricio Pochettino’s resignation ‘
- Paris Saint-Germain and Nice have been negotiating in recent days
- The two sides are reportedly close to a €10 million (£8.6 million) deal for Galtier
- But PSG can’t announce the appointment until they officially fire Pochettino
- The club hopes to sack the Argentinian on Thursday with a payout of €15 million
Paris Saint-Germain and Nice are close to an agreement that would see manager Christophe Galtier join the Ligue 1 champions for around €10 million (£8.6 million), according to reports.
The 55-year-old Frenchman took Nice to fifth in Ligue 1 last season and is reportedly the lead candidate after Zinedine Zidane was out of the running.
The two French sides are said to have been negotiating in recent days and hope the process will speed up in the coming days.
Paris Saint-Germain and Nice close to £8.6m deal for Christophe Galtier
PSG hope to announce Galtier’s appointment on Thursday with the two clubs close to an agreement under which the Paris side will pay £8.6million to buy the manager of his contract in the south of France, according to the report. L’Equipe†
The French publication claims the official announcement of the appointment will be delayed until PSG formally confirm Mauricio Pochettino’s resignation, which they hope will take place before Thursday.
PSG recaptured the Ligue 1 title from Lille under Pochettino last season, but their miserable Champions League campaign, which saw them knocked out by Real Madrid in the last 16, sees him headed for the door.
The Frenchman led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2020-21, surpassing his potential employers
Negotiations between the Paris side and the Argentine manager’s agents are underway, with the former Tottenham boss reportedly set to receive €15 million (£12.8 million) in compensation.
The amount is owed to Pochettino and four members of his backroom staff – Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino.
Until the two sides agree on the terms of their split, PSG cannot announce Pochettino’s successor.
Even if the terms of his contract are still not final, Galtier is expected to take charge at the Camp des Loges on July 4, when PSG return to training in preparation to defend their league title.
The Ligue 1 champions cannot announce Galtier until they have fired Mauricio Pochettino
Galtier’s peak performance as manager led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2020-21, the only time PSG have failed to win the division in the past five seasons.
His appointment would see a reunion with new PSG football adviser Luis Campos, who worked alongside Galtier in Lille between 2017 and 2020.
Former Real Madrid boss Zidane would be considered for the job at the Parc des Princes.
Zidane is said to have flown to Qatar in early June to talk to the leaders of the Parc des Princes about a possible deal with the club.
However, the former Real Madrid boss is out of the running in hopes of succeeding Didier Deschamps as France manager after the 2022 World Cup, according to the athletic†
Galtier is the favorite to take over at PSG after Zinedine Zidane was out of the running