Friday, 15 March 2013

The Rumour Mill: Liverpool eye trio as PSG plot Manchester raid

As anyone whose home is currently covered in snow will confirm, the seasons are a bit messed up at the moment.

But I think a lot of people seem to be ignoring the wintery precipitation, and have assumed summer is here already. This is only plausible explanation of why the last seven days has seen an escalation in stupid transfer rumours surrounding Paris Saint-Germain. Either that or it's because there's not much going on, and journalists don't have anything better to do than write about phantom transfers and make up stories about Qatari Dream Leagues.

All these tales are pretty light on quotes and feature the usual transfer market suspects. Like a dog on heat, Liverpool will take anything, and are apparently sniffing around Kevin Gameiro, Jeremy Menez and Mamadou Sakho. Other potential destinations for Gameiro supposedly include Valencia and Borussia Dortmund, while Sakho is being tracked by Arsenal and Newcastle. 

Jezza would seem the most likely candidate for departure though, being the stroppiest of the three. His agent hardly calmed things by telling some Italian website that his client a few potential suitors, with Juventus also mentioned in dispatches.

"Menez will not be without an employer," said Pierre Bernes. "There are teams interested in him, so we will wait until the season finishes and see what to do."

That's a relief, I'm sure none of us would want to see Jezza in the queue at the dole office.

If Menez is a Marmite player, in the sense that you love him or hate him, Samir Nasri is very much a cod liver oil player - universally hated and difficult to stomach. Being an ex-Marseille man, I was surprised to see him being linked with a £15million move to PSG, but then noticed that the story emanates from TalkSPORT and is therefore probably complete bollocks speculative at best.

On the other side of Manchester, Wayne Rooney has been tipped for a switch to PSG to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is apparently unsettled. Except there's no evidence he's unsettled, other than him having a (justified) dig at the fans the other day and generally looking grumpy. Anyway, Ibra could end up at Bayern Munich, with Rooney replacing him at the Parc des Princes, but if this happens I will happily eat my own shoe.

Joining Ibra sur le depart could be another of last summer's big name arrivals, Gregory van der Wiel, who is being targeted by Arsenal. Personally I'd be quite happy to Wiel the former Ajax man, who has generally been quite disappointing this season, all the way to London myself.

Finally we go to Italy, where Juventus' Swiss yellow-card machine Stephan Lichtsteiner has played down talk of a move to PSG. I hadn't heard this talk, but apparently it was out there somewhere: “There was never any sort of contact between myself and PSG," he said.

“It is possible that the two clubs held discussions, but that didn’t involve me. I’m happy at Juventus and it would be difficult to see me leave this club.”


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