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Arsenal and Chelsea set to battle for PSG starlet

Arsenal and Chelsea are set to battle it out for Paris St Germain contract rebel Adrien Rabiot.

 

French paper Le 10 Sport say the 18-year-old midfielder has rejected the latest contract from the Ligue 1 giants due to a dispute over pay. This lead to interest from Chelsea with Blues manager Jose Mourinho willing to pay him what he is asking for. Today, however, it is being reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to hijack the move and bring Rabiot to the Emirates.

 

The France U21 international has gained a reputation as a technical wizard in his short career. His impeccable first touch alone often sees him compared to some of the great midfielders of the game. He also boasts an impressive 91% pass completion rate (Squawka) which seems him fit into almost any team in the world.

 

If a deal is to be done PSG… Continue reading →

Cabaye to sign with PSG

Yohan Cabaye in Paris after completing a medical for PSG

Paris Saint Germain is set to unveil French midfielder Yohan Cabaye this evening, after the player was in the capital today to complete a medical examination.

After rejecting a bid in the region of £13million on Sunday, Newcastle has accepted an improved offer of around £20million for the French international.

Cabaye has been unsettled in Tyneside since last August – when he refused to play in a bid to push through a transfer to Arsenal.

While the mooted deal to North London fell through, Newcastle now appears to be resigned to let the playmaker go – but not to a Premier League rival.

According to Paris St Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Cabaye is the ideal type of player that the Ligue 1 Champions seek to bring into the club.

“We decided to target Cabaye for three reasons,” Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe.… Continue reading →

Sam Allardyce days away from signing striker

Sam Allardyce is just days away from confirming the name of the striker who is to be entrusted with West Ham’s premiership survival. Still without a fit 6’4 Andy Carroll, ‘Big Sam’ seems to have gone bigger with 6’8 Lacina Traoré, with his arrival due to be confirmed early next week, once a work permit application is approved.

Having only just been signed by big spending AS Monaco for an undisclosed fee, Claudio Ranieri, the Ligue 1 contender’s manager, is keen to loan him out for the rest of the season, before the Ivory Coast powerhouse battles for a starting place, with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Emmanuel Rivière.

Traoré has proven his tremendous talent over the last two seasons, scoring 36 goals from 78 games in the Russian Premier League. Though it is recognised the English Premier League is of a higher standard, the creative goal scorer has… Continue reading →

PSG prepare bid for Juan Mata

Paris St. Germain are set to offer Chelsea €48 million for out-of-favour midfielder Juan Mata, according to Le Sport 10.

 

The French champions are said to be long term admirers of the Spain international and are set to solidify this interest with a bid in January. Mata, 25, joined Chelsea in 2011 for a fee of £23.5 million and has gone on to win the club’s player of the year award in his first two seasons.

 

This year saw the return of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge though and the Portuguese is apparently not the Spaniards biggest fan. He previously stated that the midfielder needed to work harder in training if he wanted to cement a place in the team.

 

Despite making eleven appearances so far this season Mata is believed to be disheartened by the earlier criticism. Now the big spending Parisians look set to… Continue reading →

Ibra Slams Guardiola

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been getting stuck into former boss Pep Guardiola, with controversial excerpts from his autobiography recently coming to light.

The Paris Saint-Germain enigma had some choice words for the ex-Barcelona head coach, while eulogising about Jose Mourinho, whom he worked under at Inter.

He was especially generous in his praise of Mourinho’s man-management and irrepressible work ethic.

“Mourinho would become a guy I was basically willing to die for,” wrote Ibrahimovic.

“He works twice as hard as all the rest. I’ve never met a manager with that kind of knowledge about the opposing sides. It was everything, even down to the third-choice goalkeeper’s shoe size.

“Mourinho created personal ties with the players with his text messages and his knowledge of our situations with wives and children, and he didn’t shout. He built us up before matches. It was like theatre, a psychological game.”

Ibrahimovic, fresh from… Continue reading →

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