Friday, 22 July 2011

Power games at the Parc

Since my last post, the PSG have won a match. Hurrah and indeed hooray.

Wednesday's 1-0 win over, er, Brighton, came courtesy of that man Nene, and the team are back in action next week as part of a triangular tournament involving AS Roma and the wonderfully named Austrian outfit Wacker Innsbruck, exciting times.

Whether any new players will be involved in that match is still open to question. It seems likely Milan Bisevac will be available, with the Serbian defender set to have a medical over the weekend ahead of his €3.5million move from Valenciennes.

Another transfer which seems to be making good progress is that of Blaise Matuidi from St Etienne for around €10million. Indeed, according to L'Parisien, ASSE midfielder Laurent Blattles has tweeted that he will miss the "Elastic Man", as Matuidi is apparently known in the dressing room. Bless him, hopefully the pair will stay in touch. Jeremy Clement's move in the opposite direction is still very much on, but is being handled as a separate deal.

While the PSG midfeld could be gaining an elastic man next season, it may not be featuring a Moroccan man, with the move for Adel Taarabt said to be on the verge of collapse because Leonardo, shrewd operator that he is, has noticed that €12-15million for an unproven prima-donna perhaps maybe possibly doesn't represent good value for money. Leo is looking to pay around €6-8million, and it will be interesting to see how the affair pans out because it may give us a clue who is wearing the trousers in the new regime.

The owners, QSI, have been keen on Taarabt all summer, but when Leonardo was appointed it was made clear that he was to have full control on recruitment. Rather than Taarabt, the Brazilian would prefer to recruit Jeremy Menez from Roma, who could be available for €8.5million. Word on the street (by street I mean Twitter) is that talks have begun between the clubs.

So will Leo get his way? Or will the owners put their foot down? Or will they use their financial largesse and just sign both? What is certain is that signing Menez and Matuidi, both supposedly boyhood PSG fans, would be a good step towards maintaining the club's identity despite the take-over.


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