Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Rumour Mill: PSG talking Manchester United striker's language?

On Tuesday the French newspaper Liberation published its entire front page in English.

The reason for this was purportedly to show support for a bill currently going through the French legislature which would allow French universities to teach some classes in English.

But I suspect there could be another explanation, and that it’s all part of a cunning ploy to lure Wayne Rooney to France to sign for Paris Saint-Germain. The words are big enough – and short enough – for Wayno to understand, and there’s a secondary story about sex, a subject close to his heart, especially when old ladies are involved.

Anyway, Rooney to PSG actually looks like it may have some legs, after L’Equipe’s report yesterday that we have switched our attentions from Napoli’s Edinson Cavani to the Manchester United striker, who is supposedly unhappy at Old Trafford. Personally I don’t see much sense in this; Rooney is very expensive, and it’s arguable his best days are behind him. He also doesn’t seem like the type who would adapt well in a foreign land, but word on the street is that PSG see him as someone who could play up top with Zlatan, forming the world’s most argumentative strike partnership.

The paper version of L’Equipe is also reporting that we’re interested in Cesc Fabregas and Axel Witsel, but I can’t find this story online anywhere.

Meanwhile, PSG Manager Idol continues a-pace, with fresh candidates to replace Carlo Ancelotti crawling out of the woodwork by the hour. The newly unemployed Tony Pulis has yet to throw his trademark baseball cap into the ring, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

Anyway, this morning’s Parisien suggests Laurent Blanc is going to hold talks with Leonardo about taking the hot-seat. Despite France’s awful performance at Euro 2012, I wouldn’t be opposed to this.

However, getting a young coach in would not fit well with the grand plan of luring Arsene Wenger across the channel next year when his Arsenal contract expires, so PSG could instead turn to a more short-term solution. This could be in the form of Leonardo taking to the dug-out, something which I’m sure he’d love but referees might not be so keen on.

The other option is Rafa Benitez, who after his Chelsea experience is well-used to keeping the seat warm until a better option comes along. Alas the Interim One is reportedly in high demand, with Roma and Napoli both interested.

All this is going despite the fact Ancelotti hasn’t gone anywhere yet. It appears there won’t be any news on his future until Monday at the earliest.

Finally, it seems that Sylvain Armand is sur le depart, with the veteran defender set to sign for Rennes on a two-year-contract. He has been a terrific servant to the club and his wolf-ish face will be sadly missed, though I don’t think anyone can begrudge him a move that offers regular first team football.


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