Thursday, 14 July 2011

Rumour central: Stop the press, everybody linked

The rumour mill surrounding the PSG ground to something of a halt last week, with the press deciding to stop making up stories about players coming in and instead concentrating on what we can now refer to as Leonardo-gate.

But now that Leo is in-situ as the club’s sporting director, it’s perhaps no surprise that the mill had gone into over-drive.

"The first thing I will do is talk to the coach and discuss the state of affairs, something I didn't have the right to do before I signed," said Leo. "I don't want to disrupt the team's routine straight away.

"The owners want to build lasting success and not go out and buy ten Leo Messi's in one fell swoop. That's not how you build a team. The core of the team is already there, we just need to improve it.

“We won't just buy players and see what happens; we're not under pressure. I haven't had direct contact with any player yet. It all starts now."

Bless him, what a smooth operator he is. Like a Brazilian version of Jim from Apprentice (above). Only time will tell whether Leonardo is, in the words of Alan Sugar, brains or bollocks.

The press seem to have assumed the latter, given the extensive list of targets wheeled out this morning.

On Leo’s list, if we are to believe France Football and others, are: Luisao, Adel Taarabt, Eden Hazard, Ganso, Lucas (not the Liverpool one), Mauro Zarate, Jeremy Ménez and Keisuke Honda.

The most interesting ones on that list for me are Benfica defender Luisao and CSKA midfielder Honda, both of whom play in positions where PSG need some re-enforcements. If one believes reports, a €12million offer for Honda is already winging it’s way to Russia.

Ganso, Lucas, and Zarate seem like lazy links due to Leo’s connections in Brazil/Italy, and indeed there are quotes floating about today from Ganso’s agent saying he expects to join Milan at some point.

I still don’t believe Hazard will come, nice as it is to think he would, Menez is allegedly in talks with the dastardly OM, and all seems to have gone quiet on the Taarabt front, though now that QPR have signed Kieran Dyer I imagine he’s surplus to requirements anyway, hehe.

It would be nice to think one or two of the stories are accurate, as the start of the season is fast approaching and the squad still looks a little short. Stay tuned.


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