Xavi Simons is a star and a crowd favorite – at least on Instagram. The 18-year-old from Paris Saint-Germain has more than 3.7 million followers. But what he has so far been able to present to the many people who are apparently interested on his social media channels are not happy messages after goals in Ligue 1 or pictures after a success in the Champions League. Simons, who has been considered a mega-talent for ten years, has to be satisfied with less: At PSG he’s only playing for the U19s this season, the Youth League is currently the biggest thing for him.
‘#happy’ is still one of the hashtags he always uses on his posts. But it is doubtful whether he is really happy with his situation at PSG. And since his contract in Paris expires next summer and he has one of the most enterprising advisors in the football business at his side in Mino Raiola, there is already strong speculation about what the future of the Dutchman looks like.
Interested in Simons from Spain, Scotland and the Bundesliga
After Simons was hyped for years – also through his own actions via social media – the current season is the first setback for him. Now it is up to him to weigh up whether he wants to fight his way through and break through at PSG or whether he wants to go to another club. Interested parties should already be queuing: chain BE suggests a return to FC Barcelona, from whom he joined PSG in 2019, AS Glasgow Rangers. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Bundesliga clubs should also be interested in Simons. One thing is clear: in the coming weeks and months, Simons is likely to become one of the hottest names on the transfer market.
Of course, an extension at PSG is not out of the question. “He’s the top performer at PSG U19, an above-average player. He’s always important there with his goals and assists,” explained GATE-Correspondent Marc Mechenoua. Of course, the Parisians also recognized that, even if Simons was demoted to the U19 last summer after he had already been allowed to train with the professional team. “PSG plan to have Simons as a permanent part of their squad from the summer,” says Mechenoua. Parisians Simons and Raiola want to present this plan this month when there are to be talks with all young talents. “PSG want to extend him,” confirms the expert.
But what does Xavi Simons want himself? His advisor got noisy chain BE already explored the possibility of a return to the Catalans in a conversation with Barca president Joan Laporta. Even if Simons’ departure in 2019 was accompanied by unpleasant comments, the midfield director can imagine a new start at Barca. The Blaugrana put their faith in youth with players like Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati. Simons would fit into that picture perfectly – training with Xavi under the man he was named after.
Compared to the Barca option, the trail to Glasgow Rangers is significantly less hot. Simons could develop further with his compatriot Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who is the coach there. But it is very questionable whether the technician, who is only 1.68 meters tall, would be able to cope with the robust style of play in the Scottish league.
Diaby and Nkunku took off in Germany
Also whether the level of the Scottish Premier League is enough as a possible stepping stone for a great career. The Bundesliga seems much more attractive as a proven talent factory. With Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen) and Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig), two former PSG players who were only supporting actors in Paris have taken the next big step in their careers in Germany. A move to a club from the top half of the Bundesliga table could also help Xavi Simons decisively, although no specific club names have yet been traded.
The hottest rumor is and remains Barca. With an impatient agent Mino Raiola in the background, unwilling to watch his protégé standstill for another season, a move back to Spain would make the most sense. Unlike PSG, Barca’s squad and pitch spots are no longer blocked with world-class players. The club relies on young talent – and Xavi Simons knows the club.
He is currently not allowed to say how he assesses his own situation and where he sees his future. “The club doesn’t allow interviews with him,” reports Mechenoua. When he makes a decision, though, he’ll be sure to let his more than 3.7 million Instagram followers know – and the hashtag ‘#happy’ is sure to be back as well.