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SENSATIONAL! Arsenal Preparing A Summer Bid For This PSG Superstar

Second place Arsenal could once again look to secure the services of former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who is currently at Paris Saint-Germain and is having a nightmare at the club. The potential move could go through at the end of the season with the Gunners looking to bring him to the Emirates, as they look to add more quality to their midfield and challenge for more trophies next season.

The Daily Mirror has reported that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants the 29-year-old Frenchman to join the north London side, after failing to secure a regular spot in the starting eleven at the Parc des Princes. France will also be hosting Euro 2016 and if Cabaye wants to impress prior to the competition, he might be keen on Premier League return soon. The French midfielder who joined PSG in 2014 has managed to make a total of 35 appearances for his current club, just netting once.

MIND GAMES: Laurent Blanc Taunts Chelsea And Manager Jose Mourinho

French champions Paris Saint-Germain meet Chelsea in the round of 16 in the Champions League this season and Laurent Blanc, unlike last season does not wish to stay away from playing “mind games”. PSG were beaten late last year and knocked out of the Champions League at Stamford Bridge by a Demba Ba goal, after a superb win in Paris.

PSG are at an apparent disadvantage this coming week and Laurent Blanc announced this after his side’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over Nantes. The French outfit play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday in the first leg, of their two legged Champions League tie. The Ligue 1 champions also face Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday while Chelsea do not play this weekend after being knocked out of the FA Cup against Bradford in the last round. On being questioned by the French press, Blanc made sure to reference the Bradford loss and taunted Mourinho, as a build-up to their huge upcoming clash.

He said,

“Jose Mourinho is a genius. He lost his cup match 4-2 and he has given himself a week to prepare for his match against us in the Champions League.

“I can only imagine the tsunami and the turbulence that we would have had here if we had lost the same kind of match.

“It would have been said that the PSG coach did not understand anything. He is very strong, Jose.”

Arsenal Could Help Liverpool Seal £8m Deal For Attacker

Ezequiel Lavezzi

Liverpool are reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi as the Argentinian is unsettled in the French Capital.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have revealed that the 29-year old has apparently turned down a contract extension which has attracted interest from Inter Milan and Liverpool. However, the fleet-footed attacker is keen on the idea of playing in the Premier League after already having played in the Serie A with Napoli a few years ago. Lavezzi had a five year spell with Napoli after brief stay with Genoa.

He isn’t a first choice in the playing XI as manager Laurent Blanc has preferred the attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura. Lavezzi has made 18 appearances for PSG this season in all competitions, but has completed just two of those games which has made him somewhat unsettled at the club.

Although Inter are interested in acquiring Lavezzi, a potential deal could be scuppered if Lukas Podolski makes the switch there first as Arsenal are willing to ship the German on loan. With that, Liverpool’s door will be clearer and it is believed that a fee of £8m will be enough for PSG to part ways with Lavezzi even though they paid a hefty fee of €28.9million for him back in the summer of 2012.

Liverpool have had a poor first half in the current season and could strengthen come January if they find good and cheap players. Lavezzi at £8m would definitely be a steal for the reds who haven’t had the best of times in the transfer market after clearly overspending on the quality of players they have brought in. With Adam lallana and Lazar Markovic putting in inconsistent displays and Raheem Sterling being deployed as a striker more recently, Lavezzi could be a good signing for the Liverpool.

Lavezzi’s work ethic and pace will also be an added merit as Liverpool are set up in a way that demands their attacking players to do a lot of pressing.

Chelsea involved in £70m Transfer with Real Madrid

This might be well far fetched but reports from English Media Outlet DAILY EXPRESS claim that Real Madrid are still keen to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea. The report claims that the French Champions Paris St Germain are also interested and they are preparing a £70m bid for the winger. However, there is absolutely no way that the 23 year old will leave the Stamford Bridge side and there have been claims that manager Jose Mourinho is oconfident about Hazard signing a new deal.

hazard
hazard

Mourinho  said, “If they’re happy to be here, like Eden is showing, he will sign a new contract sooner or later. They can basically be the Chelsea team for the next few years.”  However it is well known that such statements will not deter either of the European heavyweights to splash the cash for the sensational Hazard who has just looked unstoppable this season.

Chelsea have been in superb form and have already displayed form of early Premier League title contenders and Hazard has been integral to the team’s performance. Moreover, he has not only come up with goals grabbing match winning performances, its is his tracking back abilities to help out the defense that has made him grow as a player.

Chelsea have already mentioned that they are developing a team that can challenge for silverware for the upcoming years and central to that has been the club’s policy to recruit youngsters at  a tender age. Hazard has been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge but a move now to either Real Madrid or PSG doesn’t seem feasible, more with the Financial Fair Play regulations kicking in.

£50m Striker Ready For Arsenal Move: Big Blow For Manchester United

According to Express, Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is now ready to consider a transfer move to Arsenal (next Summer).

Last week, many online reports claimed that Manchester United are planning to replace Falcao with Edinson Cavani after this season. So, if Cavani opts to sign for Arsenal instead, it will be a big transfer blow for the Red Devils.

Even though Arsenal already have Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck in the squad, the North London club still need a world class striker to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for major domestic honors. Chelsea have Diego Costa, City have Sergio Aguero and United have Rooney, Falcao and RVP. So, signing this £50m man from PSG could make Arsenal a force to reckon-with in England and enable them to stand toe-to-toe with other title contenders.

The report suggest that Cavani is unhappy with life at the Paris club and may prefer Summer exit as PSG will not be ready to lose their star striker in the middle of the season. The report also highlights that the prospect of living in London could be a major factor which will decide Cavani’s future destination.

If Arsenal manage to sign a much needed defensive midfielder and also a back-up defender in January, also if the Gunners can manage UCL qualification, signing a top striker like Cavani would complete the squad and make them a strong title contenders for next season.

Di Maria Reveals Why He Joined Manchester United And Accepts He May Leave In The Future

Di Maria - Manchester United

Manchester United attacker Angel Di Maria has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain were interested in signing him, but the financial fair play rules prevented the Ligue 1 side from doing so.

PSG’s President Nasser al-Khelaifi had deemed Di Maria as too “expensive” after having signed the likes of David Luiz and Serge Aurier for big money moves. The French side have the highest wage bill in the world at €240m and could not spend further on wages as they had to sell before they could sign someone.

Di Maria told French broadcaster Telefoot that the money problem was the main reason why he couldn’t move there, “PSG, I think they had a money problem and they couldn’t buy players. This is the main reason I didn’t go there. Playing in the French league would please a lot of players.”

Open to a move in the future

The 26-year old also revealed that he could move somewhere else in the future as transfers are always unpredictable, “Now I’m in the English league. But you never know, there is a lot of movements in football. You can never predict where you’re going to play.

“There were a lot of clubs interested in me. A lot really. But Manchester United appeared and didn’t go away. They absolutely wanted me and it happened.”

At £59.7m, the Argentina international is not only the costliest signing made by Manchester United, but also by any side in the Premier League.

The former Real Madrid man was in brilliant form after joining the club and at times carried the whole team on his shoulders. However, he has gone off the boil in the last couple of games and United fans will hope that they’ll see him at his best against Arsenal in their next game. He has played nine times for the club since his move and has scored three times and provided five assists in those process.

Arsenal and Liverpool on big alert as £19million french midfielder wants Premier League move

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye could find himself in the middle of a bidding war as Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool are after him. The 28-year old moved to Ligue 1 in January this year for a fee of £19m but has failed to nail down a regular starting spot in the team and mostly sits on the bench.

The former Lille man has grown disillusioned in PSG and there are reports emerging in France that indicate he could move back to the Premier League with Arsenal and Liverpool being the prime clubs who want to sign him.

Despite making 10 appearances in the league this season, Cabaye has started just 6 times and has been substituted 5 times in those games. In the Champions League, the French international has played just 46 minutes.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool are looking to take advantage of Cabaye’s situation as neither of them have a quality deep lying playmaker at the moment. Mikel Arteta and Steven Gerrard have been good to some extent, but they aren’t getting any younger, a situation which begs the club to replace them immediately. Arsenal will be slight favourites in getting Cabaye mainly due to Arsene Wenger and his French connection. Another factor which could play into the Gunners’ hands is that they are slightly better positioned to qualify for the Champions League next year; a competition in which Cabaye will desperately want to play.

There were talks that Cabaye could truly realize his potential after a move to Paris as the French side are building a team that can truly challenge for top European honours, but since his move, he has struggled to get into the team ahead of the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta. With the Euro 2016 happening in a couple of years, Cabaye will want to cement a place in the French national team, which can only happen if he plays regularly at club level.

“Less Bulky Paul Pogba” Hints January Move – His Mom Can Make Arsenal Deal Possible

Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage midfielder Adrien Rabiot hinted that he may move away from AS Roma in January after admitting that he will wait till the winter transfer window before deciding his future. The 19-year old’s current contract expires in June 2015 which could also mean that he will be offloaded in the January transfer window. The player is heavily linked with Arsenal and his mom who is also his agent has the power to make or break any possible move to Emirates.

When Rabiot learned of Roma’s interest, he seemed excited and wanted to be a part of Rudi Garcia’s project. Rabiot said,  “Roma are a great club, their project is enticing and they are in the Champions League.

However, he did reveal that he wants to wait until January to check the offers before deciding his next destination. And it looks like Rabiot’s mother has a major say in his future , “Now we’ll have to wait until January and see what to do. I chose my mother as my agent as she gives me good advice.”

Rabiot is predominantly a central midfield player who is very versatile. He can be used as a holding midfielder, or an attacking midfielder. Arsene Wenger’s team are a bit lightweight when it comes to the central midfield position as Mikel Arteta has been sidelined and Mathieu Flamini hasn’t been impressive in that position. Arsenal were being linked with Sami Khedira in the summer but his wages were an obstacle.

Rabiot’s signature could solve the problem as he is young, dynamic and fits the bill at Arsenal,that is if they do manage to sign him. However, the signature of another inexperienced player will not go down well with the fans who want Wenger to break the bank in January after a poor start in the new season.

According to a scout report from outsideoftheboot,

“Rabiot is capable in playing anywhere in the midfield, from the holding role to a more box to box attacking role. He can be likened to compatriot Paul Pogba, without the bulky physique. He can smoothly shift from the back to the front during the course of the match and also acts as the engine room for the team when he gets enough time in a match.” “Rabiot’s biggest strength is his positioning and his control on the ball. His tactical awareness makes him a threat at a tender age of 19.”

So if Arsenal manage to sign this less bulky Pual Pogba type player, he will add great depth and versatility to Arsenal midfield.

Khedira still an option

Sami Khedira could still end up joining Arsenal as it’s up to him to decide whether he wants to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid or not. Manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed, “We have until June to reach an agreement with him. If he wants to sign an extension, the club will renew him. If not, he will leave the team at the end of the season.”

Khedira will be a free agent next year which could open the door for Arsenal to pay his exorbitant wages if they manage to sign him for no fee at all.