Tuesday, 17 July 2012

PSG's very important Tuesday as they close in on Verratti and Ibrahimovic

Verratti: Ambushed at the airport
First there was Shrove Tuesday, then Super Tuesday, and now there's, er, PSG's Very Important Tuesday.

Having already tied up the signature of Thiago Silva over the weekend, the Parisiens could confirm two more new signings today, with Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti having arrived in Paris last night, and talks continuing over the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I think [Tuesday] will be an important day," said Leonardo, giving a Harry Redknapp-style interview through his car window. "Work continues, we continue to talk, we'll see."

Verratti's move should be confirmed today, assuming the player passes a medical this morning: "I couldn't refuse PSG's offer," he said. "I'm ready and I dream of playing alongside great players." I know how he feels, we all dream of playing alongside Siaka Tiene at some point in our careers.

The Ibra deal has caught the eye of French president Francois Hollande, who must be rubbing his hands with glee at the thought of the €11million income tax he'll be able to collect on the Swede's €14million per year net salary.

David Cameron should do more photos like this
"I made ​​sure that there are tax rules for huge salaries and this will apply everywhere, even in clubs," said Hollande proudly. "Montpellier, which does not have the largest budget of Ligue 1, has managed to be champion of France..."

He may have been (allegedly) racist, and a bit of a berk, but I think I preferred it when PSG-supporting Nicolas Sarkozy was in charge.

Silva, who cost €46million, will not join up with the squad for their tour of the USA as he's part of the Brazilian Olympic team.

"He is a fantastic player. I'm very happy," said Carletto, speaking after Saturday's 2-2 friendly draw with CSKA Moscow in Austria. "He will improve the quality of the team. The club has done a fantastic job. "

The boss also made some non-commital noises on the future of Mamadou Sakho, who you may remember threatened to quit PSG if they signed another defender.

"I will choose the best," said Ancelotti, when questioned on who will partner Silva. "Today's decision is that Mamadou Sakho stays. But after that, if he asks to leave..."


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