News in the Newcastle Journal this morning, that rich French club, Paris Saint Germain, have joined the race to sign top French right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
PSG have joined English clubs Chelsea and Manchester City, as probably the three richest football clubs in the world, when they announced in May of last year, that Qatari investors had bought a controlling 70% stake in the club for around £40M.
And they started to pour big money into the club immediately, just like Manchester City did in August of 2008, when they were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, and Chelsea did in the summer of 2003, when they were bought by Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich.
In last summer’s transfer window PSG paid out over £100M for players, before they took full control of the Paris-based club, and of course we are hoping the Financial Fair Play rules for UEFA clubs, will soon stop this nonsense.
But even with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti taking charge of the club as the new manager, and that huge investment in new players, especially for a French club, they didn’t manage to win the French title last season.
A much smaller and poorer club, Montpellier, pipped the Paris giants with their first ever French title, and we suppose PSG will just have to spend more money this summer on players, and they’ll eventually get it right. 😀
PSG can offer Lille ridiculous money for their top right-back, just like Manchester City and Chelsea before them used to do to get their targets.
And believe me, in a few years time, we will all wonder how teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and now PSG, were ever allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money on players, in both transfer fees and wages.
And we have to hope that Mathieu’s drive to play in the English Premier League is still intact, and that he really does want to join his pal, Yohan Cabaye, on Tyneside.
But his displays at the Euro 2012 are complicating things big time, and the better he plays, the worse it gets for Newcastle.