Serie A braces itself for PSG’s latest divisional cherry pick
World’s best defender and a Whiteboard favourite are off to Paris
Football has its own versions of the famous question that sounds somewhat like an alibi-seeker: where were you when JFK died?
Popular examples include where were you when England won the World Cup (most used answer: not born), where were you on that night in Barcelona/Istanbul/Luanda and where were you when Manchester City got bought out and nicked Robinho (number TBC) from under Chelsea’s noses?
Ligue 1’s Manchester City wannabes PSG are seemingly on the cusp of their very own Robinho moment and, rather predictably, are off to Italy to enjoy it.
With AC Milan disciples Leonardo and Carlo Ancelotti dictating transfer policy in gai Paris, they recruited five Serie A stars last season, and are reportedly edging close to two more, including their most exciting signing yet – if you subscribe to the view that buying a defender can be pulse-pumping.
Thiago Silva of AC Milan and being-Barcelona’s-first-choice-summer-transfer-target fame is the subject of almost £40 million-worth of attention, prompting Rossoneri suit Adriano Galliani to dash over to France for talks.
Not quite as exciting, sudden or glamorous but impressive all the same is the prospect of Napoli’s wonderful high-on-skill, low-on-goals wide forward Ezequiel Lavezzi following him over.
Cagliari’s enigmatic (yes, that term can be used in a context that isn’t “look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic”, despite what last night’s Sweden v Ukraine coverage suggested) president Massimo Cellino bragged: “Yesterday evening I met with PSG’s president and he told me that they have signed Lavezzi.”
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