There can be no doubt that it has been a disappointing season for Paris Saint-Germain. By far and away the strongest and richest force in French football, they were pipped to the Ligue 1 title by a thrilling young AS Monaco side, missing out on top spot for the first time in five years. Add to that the disappointment of a calamitous Champions League knockout stage collapse against Barcelona, and coach Unai Emery doesn’t emerge too rosy.
PARIS (AP) Monaco celebrated its French league title by beating Rennes 3-2 for a 12th straight win on Saturday, finishing the season eight points clear of deposed champion Paris Saint-Germain. Monaco sealed the title midweek and its players spray-dyed their hair in the club’s colors to celebrate. Monaco scored in its last 32 league games to set a single-season record. It scored 107 league goals – five more than PSG’s total last season – and 158 overall. PSG conceded an injury-time equalizer in a 1-1 home draw with Caen. The result was priceless for the visitors, ensuring survival in a tense relegation fight. Bastia and Nancy were relegated and 18th-placed Lorient faces a playoff against the third-placed
Paris Saint-Germain will accept Manchester United's €70 million (£60.5m) offer to sign Marquinhos this summer, according to Sport. Barcelona pursued the Brazilian last year only to find PSG determined not to sell, but United have a better relationship with the French club and are willing to pay more than the €50m the Catalans put on the table. Manchester United youngster Josh Harrop is set to sign a new deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford, according to the Manchester Evening News.