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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:59 pm 
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The Paris Saint Germain manager, Laurent Blanc, has expressed his admiration for the much-coveted Napoli forward Edinson Cavani and Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye as the money-flushed French champions prepare to make waves in the transfer market ahead of the new campaign.

Blanc, who was appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Parc des Princes last month, held a press conference at the national training centre at Clairefontaine on Wednesday alongside the PSG managing director, Jean-Claude Blanc, who explained his own presence by suggesting the technical director, Leonardo, was absent "negotiating with a big player".

While that was a rather cryptic admission, PSG are expected to launch a club record bid approaching £50m for Cavani as they go head to head with Real Madrid for the Uruguayan while his other suitors, Chelsea principal among them, monitor developments.

Asked about PSG's interest in Cavani, the new manager said: "He's a player I love, as do a lot of other people. I saw him play many times for Napoli and for Uruguay and, if it's possible to add him to the (PSG) squad, I'd be very happy."

Leonardo met the striker's agent, Pierpaolo Triulzi, in Paris earlier this week to discuss a potential deal and, while no formal bid has yet been lodged with the Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis, it is anticipated in the days ahead.

Blanc expects players in and out of PSG over the next few weeks but has spoken with Brazil's Thiago Silva on the telephone – the defender is now on holiday after the Confederations Cup – in the wake of reported interest from Barcelona, and stressed the £37m signing from Milan remains committed to the French club. There is interest in Lille's highly rated left-back Lucas Digne and the veteran France defender Eric Abidal, out of contract with Barcelona, though Monaco are also pursuing the pair.

Cabaye, who formed a strong bond with Blanc while the latter was France's national coach, has also attracted interest from PSG despite Newcastle's insistence, voiced by the recently appointed director of football Joe Kinnear, that the player would definitely "be staying" on Tyneside. The midfielder, however, was apparently unimpressed by Kinnear mispronouncing his name as "Yohan Kebab" during a recent interview with Talksport. "He offers a lot of options in different positions," said Blanc of Cabaye, who was signed from Lille for around £4m two years ago. "He's an interesting player."

Blanc will take a 27-man squad, devoid of the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who have been granted more time off after international commitments, to Austria on Thursday for a week-long training camp and is hopeful of welcoming additions upon the team's return to Paris.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:12 am 
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Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo has had his suspension for pushing a referee extended to 13 months - ruling him out for all next season.

The former Brazil midfielder, 43, was handed a nine-month ban in May.

Leonardo was filmed using his shoulder to make contact with Alexandre Castro in the tunnel after being angered by Thiago Silva's red card in PSG's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes.

He appealed but is now banned from all official duties until 30 June 2014.

Leonardo - who is also suspended from standing on the touchline during PSG games - would have been due back in February but will now miss the club's entire season.

The French champions were also given a suspended three-point deduction for the 2013-14 campaign.

Leonardo, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, denied barging the official but was found guilty of pushing him. He had claimed that another official accidentally pushed him into Castro.

French champions PSG appointed Laurent Blanc as their new boss last month, as Carlo Ancelotti left to take over at Real Madrid.


Say what you want about the French but when it comes to banning people for acting like kn*bs they sure do hand out severe penalties.

Not really sure why Leonardo needs to be on or near the bench anyway surely as a director he should be watching from the stands anyway.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:37 am 
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Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed negotiations are ongoing with Napoli regarding a deal to sign Edinson Cavani.

French champions PSG have emerged as the favourites to sign Cavani and are understood to have already made a £43million offer for the striker.

However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been insistent that the Uruguay international will not be leaving the Serie A club for less than the €63m (£54m) buy-out clause in his contract.

Leonardo believes PSG's offer for Cavani is 'interesting' and he is hoping there will be some positive news on a potential deal in the next week.

"We presented De Laurentiis with an offer that I consider really interesting," Leonardo told Il Mattino.

"The negotiations continue. We will remain in contact and, in these next few days, there could be news."

Reports have claimed that Cavani, who is under contract at Napoli until 2017, has been offered a five-year deal by PSG worth €10m (£8.6m) per season.

Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City have also been heavily linked with Cavani, who finished last season as Serie A's top scorer.

Chelsea are understood to have made an approach to Napoli, but are not willing to meet the release clause in the 26-year-old's contract.

Cavani recently confirmed he is keen to discuss the situation with De Laurentiis after playing for Uruguay in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

He has previously admitted it would be a 'dream' to play for Real Madrid and has also criticised Napoli's asking price.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:48 am 
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Ibra and Cavani.Will they gel?

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Who knows could see Cavani playing wide like he does for the national team but you can't imagine those two being able to play up the middle together.

Would you rule out Ibra going the other way as part of the deal he loves Italy and with Carlo gone he might look to move on again?

How are they going to pay the two of them with FFP and the new tax laws in Spain the wages for those two alone would probably be more than a club like Marseilles probably spends on the entire squad.

There isn't really room for him on the squads of his old sides but maybe a spell in Naples might appeal to him.


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Leonardo is to leave his role as Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director, the French champions have announced.

The French champions announced the news on their website and Leonardo will leave Paris when the current transfer window closes at the beginning of September.

The Brazilian was recently banned for the whole of next season for shoving a referee after a game against Valenciennes in May.

A PSG statement read: "We regret his choice but respect his decision."

Leonardo was appointed by PSG's Qatari owners in 2011, and his recruitment policy has played a key role in re-establishing the club as a force in European football.

PSG's statement went on: "We thank him greatly for his important contributions towards the project of building a top European club in Paris and wish him all the best for his future career choice."

Laurent Blanc was named PSG manager last month following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, who had previously worked alongside Leonardo at Milan.

During Leonardo's time at Parc des Princes, PSG signed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta and David Beckham - with the Ligue 1 title duly following last season.

Leonardo was also key to the appointment of Ancelotti as head coach, although the Italian has since left to take charge of Real Madrid.

His influence over new manager Blanc was always likely to be diluted by the increased ban he received from the French Football Federation (FFF) for allegedly pushing referee Alexandre Castro following a match against Valenciennes on May 5.

Leonardo was initially handed a nine-month ban but, after a failed appeal, it was increased last week to expire on June 30, 2014, during which time he could not be present on the touchline or enter referees' dressing rooms.

PSG have stood by Leonardo throughout, reaffirming their confidence in him and issuing a statement in which they said they "deplored the severity of the new, harsher penalty".

The club announced they would explore future legal options once they had received and studied the wording of the FFF's decision, but those plans are now set to be shelved in the wake of today's announcement.


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Who knows could see Cavani playing wide like he does for the national team but you can't imagine those two being able to play up the middle together.

Would you rule out Ibra going the other way as part of the deal he loves Italy and with Carlo gone he might look to move on again?

How are they going to pay the two of them with FFP and the new tax laws in Spain the wages for those two alone would probably be more than a club like Marseilles probably spends on the entire squad.

There isn't really room for him on the squads of his old sides but maybe a spell in Naples might appeal to him.


Cavani is lethal when playing upfront alone but Ibra playing behind him may work out as his control etc is better than Cavani.I dont think Ibra is lookng to leave but you never know with him he might end up at Monaco looking at his History.I have no idea how are they going to avoid FFP this will be litmus test for FFP.

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Confirmed the signing of Edison Cavani on a 5 year deal.

What does this now mean for Zlatan?


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I read somewhere he doesnt want to play with Cavani.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:51 am 
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Paris St Germain's president will attempt to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona for €250million if the Catalans choose to meet Thiago Silva's buy-out clause this summer, according to reports in France.

PSG president Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi is unhappy that Barca are continuously being linked with PSG's Brazilian defender and has vowed to play them at their own game.

"If Barca pay the buy-out clause of Thiago Silva then I will meet Messi's buy-out clause," he is quoted as telling ActuSports.fr.

Since the end of last term speculation has been rife that Barcelona will make a concrete bid for the PSG star, but the Ligue 1 champions have insisted he will not leave.

Earlier this week, Camp Nou supremo Sandro Rosell attempted to up the ante as he publicly declared that Barca want Thiago Silva and that has not impressed the player's current club.

Now it appears that PSG are ready to use the financial backing of their Qatari owners to meet Messi's buy-out clause and offer him an enormous contract to see if they can persuade the Argentine to leave Spain.


The difference is if Barca meet Silva's buyout clause he'll do one whereas Messi will probably tell PSG to go stick it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:23 am 
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Roma defender Marquinhos has claimed on his Twitter account that he is poised to complete a move to Paris St Germain. Reports from L’Equipe in France say the 19-year-old Brazilian is set to be handed a five-year deal after a €35million fee was agreed between the two clubs.


When will this spending stop?

Not seen this guy play but the reports are that he reads the game like he was a 29 year old they are putting together some side


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:29 am 
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The spending will never stop... ever!!

€35m is a hell of a fee for a 19 year old centre back

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You know what Paks like. He's probably voted JSP for woman of the year or something.


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I'll admit I'd never heard of him as apart from goal highlight shows I see very little of Serie A matches Reedo might of seen him as he watches a lot of Juve games.


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If he were that good, and worth that money, then I'm sure someone else would've been at least linked with him. I may be wrong, but to me this sounds like another case of PSG paying over the odds.

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The representative of the Roma centre-back has told Brazilian media his client has attracted offers from the Premier League champions, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona

The agent of Roma's young Brazilian defender Marquinhos has claimed Manchester United have made a bid for his client.

The 19-year-old impressed in Serie A last season, making 26 appearances in his debut season in Europe following a move from Corinthians in 2012.

The champions of France and Spain have also reportedly registered their interest in Marquinhos, and his representative, Roberto Calenda, hinted that a deal could be reached.

"There are offers from PSG, Manchester United and Barcelona," Calenda is quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo.

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First I've heard of us being interested :ninja:

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I've heard us linked but if PSG have put down 35m euro then surely we aren't going to match that when we already have 5 CB's in our first team squad.

This might be another one of those deals where Barca back off to let him go to PSG so they can take Tiago Silva.


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Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc is confident a deal for Roma defender Marquinhos will be completed shortly.

The reigning French champions have spent much of the summer chasing the Brazilian teenager's signature.

They would appear to closing on his capture, with the 19-year-old centre-back all set to put to paper.

Blanc believes a transfer could be pushed through before the weekend, with Marquinhos due to undergo a medical in Paris on Friday.

Should those physical examinations uncover no cause for concern, an agreement which is reported to be worth around €35million (£30m) will be tied up.

Blanc said: "He is young, very talented and with great potential.

"It's a dossier that's been going on a long time and will come to fruition this afternoon (Friday), I hope.

"This proves that PSG are also recruiting for the future, he offers us a certain guarantee for the future."

PSG have already acquired the services of Lucas Digne from Lille and Edinson Cavani from Napoli during the current transfer window.


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For Paris Saint-Germain, the challenge since winning the Ligue 1 title in May has been to cement their position at the pinnacle of French football and to confirm themselves as a credible long-term rival to the very biggest clubs in Europe.

Given the power possessed by their Qatari owners, doing so would appear to be easy, but history has shown the club's veteran supporters that nothing to do with PSG is ever entirely straightforward.

After winning the championship for the first time in 1986, they slumped to seventh the following season and then to 15th. They came back to win the title again in 1994, but failed to retain their crown and had regressed towards mid-table once more by the end of the decade. Indeed, they only ever fleetingly threatened at the top of the table until the takeover of the club by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) in 2011.

Now, the drawn out departure of coach Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid and the circumstances surrounding the resignation of sporting director Leonardo, combined with the dramatic return of Monaco as a force to be reckoned with, have all made the French capital club appear potentially more fragile than seemed possible just a few months ago.

In June, while Monaco were busy splashing the cash on the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, the champions were left in limbo because of their inability to find a suitable successor to Ancelotti. The appointment of Laurent Blanc, a man who was never QSI's first choice, added to the sensation that the club were at risk of losing their way, and then came Leonardo's decision to walk after being banned from all official functions for 14 months as a punishment for shoving referee Alexandre Castro at the end of the May draw with Valenciennes.

There has also been a nagging worry that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scorer of 35 goals in all competitions last season, might seek a move elsewhere.

And if he does stay, how will he and Thiago Silva, the two superstar signings of last year who were drawn to the club by the prospect of working under Ancelotti, respond to Blanc?

The appointment of Blanc, who had been a free agent since leaving the France job after Euro 2012, was described by sports daily L'Equipe as a 'Mariage Blanc' - a marriage of convenience - and the suspicion is that, despite signing a two-year deal, he has come in as a stop-gap for one year while PSG wait for preferred targets, notably Arsène Wenger, to become available.

There may be valid reasons to criticise the decision to appoint Blanc, but it shouldn't be forgotten that in his three years at Bordeaux he won the Ligue 1 title, the League Cup and took the team to the Champions League quarter-finals. He also oversaw a run of 23 matches unbeaten while in charge of France.

'Le Président' also won the World Cup and European Championship as a player, although only time will tell if he can impose his authority upon the egos of the dressing room, and if he can impose a style of play that will win over the fans.

"PSG can't win in any old manner," warns Gérard Houllier, the coach of the 1986 title-winning team. "They must win and excite by providing a spectacle. That is essential. Not necessarily in every match, of course, but as often as possible."

His chances of following in the footsteps of Houllier, Artur Jorge and Ancelotti and winning the league at PSG have certainly been helped by the club's activity in the transfer market over the last two weeks.

QSI were never likely to sit back and let Monaco steal the limelight for too long, and they have responded to the principality club's succession of transfer coups by spending €114 million (£98 million) on Roma's Brazilian defender Marquinhos, Lille left-back Lucas Digne and Edinson Cavani from Napoli.

The marquee signing of Cavani was the last bit of business done by Leonardo before his resignation, with the Uruguayan costing €64 million and pocketing a reported €10 million per year for signing up to the PSG 'project'.

"He would not have come if he didn't believe in our project," said president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. "Cavani has not chosen Paris for the money, believe me."

Meanwhile, despite Al-Khelaifi's claims that he wanted Leonardo to stay, the club's image could have been seriously damaged had the controversial Brazilian remained. So, while his departure leaves a gap to be filled, now is the time to move on.

"Nothing can slow us down. We will continue to build our team and our club to become a leading competitor in Europe in the years to come," insists Al-Khelaifi.

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Barcelona target Thiago Silva has signed a new contract with French side Paris St-Germain.

The centre-back joined the league champions in 2012, for £36m, on a five-year deal but it is understood he has extended his stay until 2018.

Barcelona were hoping to sign the 28-year-old Brazilian but his wage demands proved a sticking point before they were told to halt their pursuit by PSG.

The La Liga champions have said that signing a centre-back is a priority.

Veteran Carles Puyol, 35, suffered knee problems last season and had surgery in March, while fellow defenders Gerard Pique, Adriano Correia and Javier Mascherano were either injured or suspended during the campaign.

Barcelona had been linked with another Brazil centre-back, Chelsea's David Luiz, but in June denied they were interested in signing the 26-year-old, while Tito Vilanova was in charge.

But reports in Spain on Monday suggest that the Catalan giants - now managed by Argentine Gerardo Martino - are keen to recruit the player.

Bayern Munich were also linked with Luiz on Monday, but the European and German champions told BBC Sport they have enough central defenders at the club.

Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica during the January transfer window of 2011 for about £21.3m and signed a new five-year contract last year.


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