Thursday, 5 January 2012

PSG beaten by AC Milan as Ancelotti makes eyes at Pato

As auditions go, Alexander Pato's wasn't too bad.

The Brazilian striker back-heeled the only the goal of the game as his current club, AC Milan, beat PSG 1-0 in a friendly in Qatar yesterday.

Pato, apparently now the PSG's number one target this transfer window, back-heeled into the net in the first half to settle Carlo Ancelotti's first match in the Red and Blue dug-out.

Despite the defeat, there was plenty for Ancelotti to be optimistic about, as his new charges created plenty of goal-scoring opportunities, with Nene to the fore.

Carlo spoke to the official club website afterwards, prepare yourself for the blandest set of quotes in the history of journalism:

"We played well. I'm very happy because we played some great football out there and that's very positive.

"We were up against a great AC Milan side. It was very exciting to be up against my former club and a special moment to begin my PSG career against Milan. We performed well, so I'm happy, despite the loss."


The Italian coach was cagey on his transfer targets, telling L'Equipe after the match: "I do not want to talk about individual cases such as Pato and Kaka, who are under contract. We will work to buy some players. But to recruit, it is necessary that the clubs are sellers."

Apparently talks are continuing with the striker's people, but any deal is dependent of Milan securing the signature of Carlos Tevez. And if PSG want to sign Pato this transfer window they'll probably have to cough up €50million, as Meelan aren't keen to sell. It remains to be seen whether the club's pursuit of the 22-year-old will continue now, or whether they'll wait until the summer in a bid to capture him at a lower price.

Other names linked with the PSG this morning include Barcelona left-back Maxwell, someone who I wouldn't especially welcome at the Parc but hey, anyone would be better than Siaka Tiene.

Also on the club's radar, though whether we're on his is a different matter, is Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Goetze. This story seems likely to be complete nonsense given that a) he's bound to get better offers, and b) the Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said yesterday that he'll be remaining in Germany for another season, but you never know I suppose.

Meanwhile Lyon are on the trail of Sylvain Armand, having sounded out the 31-year-old as a potential replacement for Aly Cissoko.


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