PSV RAID YOUTH SYSTEMS, BUILD FOR THE FUTURE
That whole “keep the current roster” plan van Bommel and Toon Gerbrands were working on went pear shaped really quickly as the season approached. There were a few approaches during the off-season, mainly the bust up with Maximiliano Romero, but things really accelerated as the transfer window came to a close.
The canary in the coal mine turned out to be Donyell Malen who refused to discuss a new contract with a little over a year left on his current deal, he was upset that PSV hadn’t given him a new deal during the season last year and was now set on leaving. When Roma came calling with a £6M they were more than happy to be rid of Malen, and not long after they had another problem to deal with. Pablo Rosario joined the unhappy player club when PSV rejected a bid from Aston Villa for £6.5M, they came back with an offer at £8.5M and he was out the door as well.
At first this looked like a horrible turn of events, but PSV were quick to move as they had a plan in place for Malen. With £14.5M burning a hole in Gerbrand’s pocket the team pulled the trigger on an offer for Schalke’s LW Eugene Konoplyanka who came at a steep discount (£2.2M) as he was very unhappy and Schalke wanted to be rid of him. Bruno Henrique now found himself as the second choice LW, and PSV had managed a serious improvement on the left.
Before van Bommel and Gerbrands could finish patting themselves on the back things got much worse, but at least it came with a shower of cash. Denzel Dumphries became the target of an £8.5M bid from Bayern Munich that was rejected, which he did not take to kindly. Sources report that Dumphries and van Bommel had quite a discussion about the rejected bid, when Dumphries was pressed on what he would need to stay he demanded a salary close to £2.5M a year which would have doubled anyone else on the squad. This did not sit well with PSV, and when the news of a bust up leaked out more teams came calling. Eventually Bayern Munich came back with a bid of £9M and Gerbrands was more than happy to rid the team of another malcontent.
With Dumphries gone the rest of the Bundesliga decided to get in on the PSV roster. Next RB Leipzig put in a number of very aggressive offers on Mauro Júnior, eventually a £17.5M offer was too much to pass up on. If PSV had not landed Pelayo Morilla they would not have sold Mauro Júnior, but with the young Spaniard waiting in the wings this looked like the perfect risk. Hertha BSC were next, but this time they picked the wrong player to be aggressive on. They put in a £12.5M offer for Maximiliano Romero and were told “He isn’t for sale”, apparently they heard that as “offer more” and came back with £17M and an additional £3M in incentives. Normally this would have been a Godfather offer, but with nothing beyond Luuk de Jong and Romero under contract through 2023 there was no reason to make this move.
Romero’s agent saw this as a great time to demand a new contract, but with him under contract through 2023 PSV also had no reason to agree. Romero was going to have to wait a little longer for an improved deal, and van Bommel was about to go through the most brutal part of the pre-transfer window. It started very slowly early in the summer, but now PSV was not completely under attack.
The PSV staff that van Bommel worked so hard to assemble was being pillages, there was no level of the organization that wasn’t being torn at by teams outside of the Netherlands. It was a flattering sign to see that other teams had recognized the quality of PSV’s staff, but it was really hard to see valued members of the organization leave. The most gut wrenching departure was Eva Carniero, who would turn down an offer to be Head Physio, and move closer to home at Valencia. Fans were heartbroken to hear that Carniero, signed on a free before last season, was going to abandon them after falling in love with her. Flowers piled up at Philips Stadion, but she still left.
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can't live without you
Despite all of the drama, PSV was now sitting on £35M in transfer funds with £2.5M in free payroll. They had managed to trim some fat and make room for promising youngsters. The next thing Gerbrands did was learn from all of this mess and splash out some cash on locking up Antônio Carlos and Boudewijn Dembélé through 2024 and upping their salaries to £250,000 a year. With Dumphries gone Antônio Carlos now had a clear path to the second team slot at RB, and the big teams were not going to stop calling.
Eugene Konoplyanka (LW, Schalke) £2.2M
Pelayo Morilla (CAM,Sporting Gijon) £3M
César Montes (CB, Monterrey) £10M - PSV Record (£8.5M)
Final Transfer List (Impact Signings)
Óscar Bernal (DM, Cachorros de la UdeG - Mexico) Free
Valentyn Alimov (LB, Académica - Portugal) £110,000
Youcef Mehimdat (CAM, Nasr Athletic Hussein-Dey - Algeria) £60,000
Vitor Saramago (DM, Real - Portugal) £230,000
Andrés Morales (CB, Envigado F.C. - Colombia) £450,000
Ante Josipovic (ST, HNK Hajduk - Croatia) £750,000
Guilherme Miguel (CAM, Vit. Guimarães - Portugal) £200,000
André Kraus (RB, Floridsdorfer AC - German) £400,000
PSV were also able to take that big pot of transfer fee and sink it into a number of exciting prospects. The prospect with the most buzz is André Kraus, seen as one of the most promising players in Germany, it was quite a coup to land him and add depth to a rapidly thinning position. The £400,000 transfer fee was also too good to pass up on when other German players had price tags in the 10’s of millions.