Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Rumour Mill: Forwards flock in from Real Madrid, Napoli and AC Milan

Ridiculously expensive designer glasses always go down well in Paris
In the days since the last edition of TRM, Paris St-Germain have been linked with approximately 1,623,289 players.

Since most of these supposed transfers are about as likely to happen as me ending my current stint of unemployment by nabbing the editorship of The Times (if you're reading this Rupert, I'm open to offers) I'm going to ignore the first 1,623,286 of them and concentrate on the latest whispers.

Le Parisien believes it has an inside track on Carlo Ancelotti's summer plans, and they involve dispensing with any kind of recognised formation and stuffing the team full of number 10s. Real Madrid's Kaka and Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi are said to be top priorities, Kaka of course having played under Ancelotti at AC Milan. 

What PSG could really do with is a number nine, but their quest to import Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain is set to end in disappointment, with Jose Mourinho not keen to sell the prolific striker, who despite being an Argentina international was actually born in France. Robin van Persie is also "on the shelf", whatever that means, but if he leaves Arsenal he's more likely to go to Madrid or Man City. Confusing eh, and probably complete bollocks.

Meanwhile "Pato welcomes PSG interest" according to Sky Sports. You'll remember we nearly signed the Milan striker in January.

"Ancelotti is a great coach, we'd be happy if he was to call us," said the player's agent Gilmar Veloz. "With Alexandre the coach has always had a great relationship, his esteem gives us satisfaction."

Sounds promising, but seasoned readers of this kind of story will know there's a 'but' just around the corner:

"Let's see what happens," Veloz continued. "Alexandre is fine at AC Milan and has a contract with the club."

Another player keen to pay the 75 per cent high-earners tax rate proposed by new president Francois Hollande is Valencia's Roberto Soldado.

Soldado has been linked with PSG before and is keeping his options open would welcome a switch to France:

"If Paris Saint-Germain want me and Valencia agree, then we would have to talk,” said Soldado.

“Of course I am flattered that a club like PSG likes me. It is a big team with an ambitious project, with great players like Javier Pastore and [striker] Kevin Gameiro. I like the French league.”


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