When Stoke City agreed to take Paris Saint-Germain’s Jesé on loan, a few eyebrows in France were raised.
The Spaniard, who had struggled both during his first six months in the French capital and then on loan at Las Palmas, seemed like a bit of a panic addition, one based on reputation more than anything else.
In his first game, however, the 24-year-old looked ready to prove everyone wrong, scoring a great goal against Arsenal, which helped the Potters overcome Arsène Wenger’s side 1-0.
Yet since then, the performances have been very mixed, and Jesé hasn’t started a game under Mark Hughes since the 21st of October.
This is a bit of an issue for Paris Saint-Germain, who were really hoping his loan spell at bet365 Stadium would help them sell him on, especially after the spending they did in the summer.
In fact, Le Parisien report on Thursday there’s every chance the Ligue 1 leaders will have to cash in on Jesé before his loan at Stoke City technically ends, as they need to make around €70-80m before the end of June.
However, having originally spent £22.5m on the winger in the first place, the French side will struggle to get most of that back considering how poorly he’s played since leaving Real Madrid.
Furthermore, if Stoke aren’t interested in signing Jesé full-time, Paris Saint-Germain might have a bit of a problem selling him before his Potters’ contract expires, unless they are able to call him back early, of course.
It seems far more likely the money will come from elsewhere, such as the sales of Lucas Moura and Angel Di Maria, but if it doesn’t, Stoke might end up in a situation where they can snatch Jesé up for a very low price.
Then it would up to them to sell him on for a profit, but at least the Potters would have all the time in the world to do it.