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Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain Hit The Transfer Market Hard

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 03: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain Hit The Transfer Market Hard

It seems a certain Gareth Bale from the footballing nation of Wales is red-hot on Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer market tail, breaking news with the finish of a smooth brown ale. (Newcastle style, the extra mile.) Paris Saint-Germain, bankrolled by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is set to go big and spend in order to dream bigger, as their slogan implies. World records? PSG does this in their sleep and they will go deep to help Bale make a leap for the French capital.

As the ZZ Top song goes, “Black sheep, black, do you got some wool? Yes I do, man, my back is full.” How full? £155 million, hard and cool. Antero Henrique, the new sporting director, is no fool when it comes to delivering, and with Bale’s injury issues, Fiorentino Perez is set to cash in like Flynn in an attempt to win the signature of Kylian. Mbappe, that is. Have you heard? Out is the word that the boy wonder is sticking with his footballing brothers at AS Monaco. Will he stay, will he go? Stick with us, we’ll let you know!


Another player that is looking to possibly make a break for the Rouge et Bleu, the Parisians true, is Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, the Croatian sensation set the leave the great calcio nation and the San Siro for PSG and join the city’s red and blue heroes. But there is competition from Manchester United, with Victor Lindelof leaving Benfica to join the Special One for big matches under the lights and sun of the Theater of Dreams that makes your heart scream for that home team that plays at Old Trafford, if you know what I mean.

Meanwhile, back on the home front and all poetry in motion aside with nothing to hide (except that), two key pieces to Paris’s aspirations for next season are Marquinhos and Marco Verratti, who have committed their future to the club.


“The club’s project is very ambitious,” Marquinhos explained. “PSG are not a selling club and, along with Marco, I am part of the project’s base. After that, things depend on the [contract] negotiations because these issues are never simple. However, I think I will stay. If I was one of the club’s directors, I would take [Santos midfielder Thiago Maia] without hesitation. He is a player with many qualities and a bright future ahead of him. He would be perfect for the PSG project.”


Yet another key piece to Paris Saint-Germain’s puzzle is a competent striker to produce alongside Edinson Cavani. The Parisians have an eye out for Andrea Belotti, who is also coveted by Chelsea and Arsenal…and yes, even Manchester United. With Torino having a tough year, and unsurprisingly upstaged by a “predictably capable at upstaging” brand in Juventus (who were, in turn, upstaged by Real Madrid, who have de facto carte blanche to upstage just about everybody that doesn’t show up because Los Blancos upstaging logico etc.), Belotti is understandably on the move to find his groove with a big name in the game.


While Paris Saint-Germain have laid the trap with an initial £53m offer, they know that it’s a ruse to lay a bruising on Torino attempts to get Belotti cruising out of a city ruled by one team, and one team alone, and that team is Juve, the Storia Di Grande Amore. (You know how the song goes, right?) And with countryman Thiago Motta committed to a longterm future managing the PSG youth sides after one more hit-out with the senior team (to go with over 200 caps for the Parisians), you have to believe that the Rouge et Bleu’s Italian pipeline is going to be that much stronger all the day longer with Belotti’s signature.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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