Loaned to Paris Saint-Germain by Seville, the Spanish porter gave satisfaction. The interested party has also continued to proclaim his desire to stay in the French capital. However, while initial rumors suggested that Rico would see his loan turn into a transfer, the Red-and-Blue would no longer be convinced to recruit him definitively.
Last summer, when Alphonse Aréola and Keylor Navas were negotiating their crossover between Paris and Madrid, no one had seen the arrival of Sergio Rico. At 26, and after a complicated season at Fulham punctuated by relegation to the Championship, the Spanish goalkeeper was loaned to Paris Saint-Germain by Seville. A reinforcement came to play the lining of Navas without history. Rico appeared for the first time in his jersey on November 9 during the Brest-PSG match (1-2), Rico had made a correct copy .
Then, the Spaniard played seven games with the Rouge-et-Bleu: 2 in the Coupe de la Ligue BKT, 3 in the Coupe de France, 1 in the Champions League and 1 in Ligue 1. Meanwhile, the Andalusian had clearly indicates that he would like to see his loan transformed into a dry transfer. “Yes it’s true, I would very much like to stay here. PSG is one of the best clubs in the world and I would be delighted to stay there , ” he said for example on January 5 after the Coupe de France match won against Linas-Montlhéry (6-0).
PSG-Bordeaux would have changed everything
But according to Estadio Deportivo, a match would have changed everything. This is the last league game played by PSG before the coronavirus crisis: the one on February 23 at the Parc opposite Bordeaux. A meeting that the men of Thomas Tuchel won 4 goals to 3. A narrow victory at the end of which Rico’s performance would have been moderately appreciated by the Ile-de-France management. Deemed nervous and the author of gross errors, the Sevillian did not reassure anyone.
According to the Andalusian newspaper, Paris would therefore have put aside the idea of definitively recruiting the player whose purchase option would be set around € 10 million. A risky bet that the Red and Blue would not want to take, whose interest in the Italian of AC Milan Gianluigi Donnarumma is still existing. After having finally found a number 1 goalkeeper worthy of the name, will PSG once again have to manage the goalkeepers’ file next summer?