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Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the ghost boss of PSG

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Nasser Al-Khelaïfi at the UEFA Group Stage draw in 2016. MUSTAFA YALCIN / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP

Two days. Not better. According to our calculations, it is the duration, between mid-June and beginning of August, that Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, known as "NAK", spent in his huge office of Qatari president of Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG). To count to two, we have been helped by the director of communication of the club and NAK's man of confidence, Jean-Martial Ribes, with whom we also tried to geolocate him. Ribes made us a response from a travel agency boss: "There he is in Europe. But I can not tell you where. He left Doha, the capital of Qatar, where it's been very hot in the summer. He can be in London. Or elsewhere. AT" But he can also be in Hollywood. The Qatari group BeIN Media bought the production company Miramax three years ago from the Weinstein brothers for 500 million euros. "He spent time in Los Angeles to understand the movie world. NAK, he takes the plane as we take the taxi. AT"

Yet, in theory, it is in the president's office that the fate of the most ambitious club in the galaxy is played out. It is all the more curious, this empty office, that at the moment, at PSG, as in all the other clubs of the planet, it is the great effervescence of the transfers. checkbook, bluffing and three-band bargaining. Clearly, it's the moment of the presidents. Besides, at PSG, there is the pending Neymar record, the Brazilian star striker, and likely hero of the summer big drama. Leave? Will not leave? Will PSG let its sporty masterpiece and its marketing gold mine spin? FC Barcelona is already in the ranks.

Strategy of the rarity

On all these burning subjects, one would have liked to question Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, but he persisted in shining by his absence. Perhaps he was in China, with the team playing his first official match of the new season, against Rennes, for the Champions Trophy (August 3); even Neymar was there. "No, he never does the touring. AT" NAK is so much never wondering how he is doing to be president of PSG. As we really wanted to meet him, we went to the seat of the club, Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), very close to Paris. The headquarters is called the Factory, but it owes nothing to Andy Warhol.

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