Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Rumour central: Leonardo, Taarabt, Capoue, Anelka

Watching David Haye take an age to enter the ring in Germany on Saturday for his fight against Wladimir Klitschko, my mind wandered to Leonardo’s long-mooted arrival at PSG.

Like Haye, Leo’s arrival seems to have taken a disproportionately long time, especially given that he is only going to be sporting director. Let’s hope the Brazilian isn’t going to cry off after his first day at work with a broken toe.

Anyway, it appears Leo has finished high-fiving the crowd and glaring angrily at his opponent and is now ready for battle. He could even arrive in Paris today to sign a four-year-contract.
His arrival can’t come soon enough, as according to the Parisien, the club are waiting for him to ok moves for Valenciennes defender Milan Bisevac, a long-term target of Antoine Kombouare, and…. QPR’s Adel Taarabt.

A €15.3million offer for Taarabt has allegedly already been tabled, which seems to me to be a tad too much for a player with questionable temperament and very little experience playing at the highest level. I like Taarabt as a player, but I’m not sure he’s really what the PSG needs.

One day one of these many phantom offers for players will be expected, and perhaps it will be the €13million which is allegedly on the table to tempt Toulouse to part with defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue. However, PSG will face competition from Schalke and, ominously, Barcelona for his signature according to goal.com.

Elsewhere, Mevlut Erding claims he would like to stay in Paris, which is about as meaningful as me saying I’d like to win the lottery. While I’m hoping my numbers will come up, Erding’s number is probably already up, with Galatasaray and Sunderland having reportedly joined his list of suitors.

There were some half-hearted stories floating around this morning suggesting PSG might be in for Chelsea striker Nicholas Anelka, presumably on the basis of how well his last spell at the Parc ended. But I’m going to stick my neck on the line and say that one is a load of bollocks.


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