Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Youssef Msakni smurfing into PSG?

"I don't care what he says, a blond mohican isn't a good look for anyone"
Here are the Paris St Germain news headlines of the last 24 hours.

- Nasser Al-Khelaifi said stuff to France Football, I'll summarise: New Messis blah blah, staying at the Parc blah blah, club identity important blah blah blah. It's nothing we haven't heard before, and who knows, some of it may turn out to be true.

- At France training Jeremy Menez and Franck Ribery were photographed wearing funny hats (above) which, according to Chronofoot, make them look like Smurfs. I'm saying nothing.

- The club has arranged a punishment treat for the players not on international duty, as the famous Brazilian singer Michel Telo will be visiting the Camp-des-Loges training ground today. Telo is so famous that I had to Wiki him to find out who he was, but it turns out his dance moves are very popular with footballers, who often copy them in their goal celebrations. I do like this new trend of inviting random famous people to the training ground, who next? Danny Boon? Johnny Hallyday? Watch this space.

In transfer news, stories have been floating around this week linking us with Esperance Tunis playmaker Youssef Msakni. Being young, highly-rated, and French speaking, Msakni was inevitably linked with Arsenal in the January transfer window, while Lille and Bordeaux are also meant to be keeping an eye on him. But according to (admittedly unsubstantiated) reports this week PSG are in pole position to land the €5million-rated player due to Leonardo's relationship with former Esperance boss Maaloul Nabil, who presumably still has Msakni's ear

Allegedly known as the African Messi (that should please Al-Khelaifi), 21-year-old Msakni is renowned for his technical ability and silky dribbling skills, and he scored this sexy goal for Tunisia against Morocco at the recent African Cup of Nations. Could be one to keep an eye out for in the summer.


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