The Paris Saint-Germain Sporting Director Leonardo Araujo, the former Milan and Inter-Milan manager, says he is interested in signing Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye this summer.
Yohan Cabaye – some top clubs in for him this summer
PSG is now a very wealthy club, and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the majority shareholder of PSG in May of 2011, when they bought 70% of the shares of the club.
QIA acquired control of the club in a deal worth around €50M, which supposedly covered an estimated €20M in debt and losses of €19M from the 2010–11 season.
And since then, they have invested huge amounts of money in the transfer market and in players’ wages, in an effort to make the Paris based club one of the best in Europe.
How this leaves them with the Financial Fair Play Rules is a good question, but they have already been warned by UEFA President Michel Platini – since clubs must soon balance their books, and can only spend money they get into the club in revenues.
If they don’t adhere to the rules they will be barred from European competition, and that has already been applied to Spanish club Malaga, because of their perilous financial position and failure to pay out wages to their players and officials.
So the next time Malaga qualify for Europe – hard lines – they will miss out.
PSG Sporting Director Leonardo
And it seems 43 year-old Leonardo is eyeing some top French players this summer, and he had this to say to the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport today:
“I like the idea of seeing major French players at the club. I’m not talking about Karim Benzema, but maybe Nasri, Ribery or Cabaye.” “I do not know if it’s possible as I have not had any contact with any of them.”
“There have never been any offers regarding the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, neither of Rooney or Cavani.”
We don’t know why some people in football talk openly of the players they want – and it’s a little disrespectful – but former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness used to do it all the time – in fact his strategy seemed to be to do Newcastle’s transfer business through the press. 😀
But it will be no surprise at all if top clubs come in for Yohan Cabaye this summer, and then it will depend on how much they offer, but PSG have proved, like Manchester City before them – that they have more money than sense – so perhaps we’ll get a daft bid from them for Cabaye – say £30M – and he will be gone at that price.
Especially since we bought him for just £4M just two years ago – and if that bid comes in and we sell – then Kevin Keegan could be right that we are a selling club – but only for ridiculous transfer fees.
And think what we could do with £30M – we could buy 10 players with that money – and it would be – over to you Sir Graham Carr.
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There are so far three fatalities including an 8 year old boy, who was waiting for his father to finish the race, and his mother and young sister are badly injured.
170 are injured and some very seriously, having lost limbs in the explosions.
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