Lugano ready for PSG return
Diego Lugano has conceded he is likely to return to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the coming Ligue 1 season while the newly-crowned French champions hope to add Lille's Lucas Digne to their thoroughbred stable.
Lugano, 32, was deemed surplus to requirements by PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti prior to the start of last season, and after kicking his heels on the sidelines for six months, was loaned to Spanish club Malaga in January.
The Uruguay captain, who will lead his country against France in Friday's friendly in Montevideo, has a year remaining on his deal in the French capital, and though he has made clear his ambition of staying at Malaga, the Primera Division side have made no moves to extend his loan making a return to Paris inevitable.
If Ancelotti, who has requested to be freed from the final year of his PSG contract, does leave the club he has just guided to the French title, Lugano would perhaps have an opportunity to establish himself under a new coach. However, the former Fenerbahce centre-back is not keen to look too far forward.
"I'm not looking at my future beyond the month of June," Lugano told the press, explaining he would hold talks with whoever holds the first-team reins at the Parc des Princes upon his return. "I'll have to see with the coach who's in charge. I'll have a discussion with him. But, in principle, I have to come back."
Though Lugano may have no place in the new-look PSG, regardless of who is in charge, the club continue to build for next season despite the uncertainty over Ancelotti's future.
Le Parisien reported on Tuesday that PSG president, Nasser Al Khelaifi, 39, has met his Lille counterpart Michel Seydoux, 65, with a view to signing Digne, 19, who is recognised as one of French football's brightest talents.
The left-back, who played 33 league games for the northerners last season, is reportedly due to meet PSG officials to discuss their plans for him and their club. The paper added Digne would be offered a four or five-year deal and would initially provide cover for Maxwell, 31, before eventually succeeding the Brazilian.
Lille are demanding €15 million for their player, who is under contract to 2018, and Frederic Paquet, their deputy director general, told RMC on Monday no offer had yet been received for Digne.