With the additions of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-Germain have turned themselves into a force to be reckoned with in 2012-13.
Look out, France. Heck, look out, Europe.
The move became official today. From ESPN Soccernet:
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva are set to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Reports emerged this week that PSG were in the market to sign Thiago Silva, with whom they had agreed a deal in June, and Ibrahimovic at a total cost of around €62 million.
Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, met with AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani on Wednesday and then headed to the French capital for talks with PSG director Leonardo on Thursday. It was then reported by French newspaper L'Equipe that the Sweden striker had agreed to the move in principle and Berlusconi has now confirmed the news.
So now, PSG has one of the most dangerous strikers in the world and one of the most highly-regarded center backs in soccer today. Ibrahimovic scored 35 goals in all competitions last season for AC Milan, so he'll add an immediately noticeable improvement to PSG's attack.
Alone, the addition of these two players would dramatically improve an already solid PSG side that finished just three points behind Ligue 1 champions Montpellier last season.
But PSG has been busy this offseason. They added Napoli's playmaking forward Ezequiel Lavezzi earlier in July and seem on the verge of adding Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti as well, ESPN Soccernet reports.
Oh, and they might have eyes for Luka Modric and add him to the squad before all is said and done, too, according to Fox Sports. How frightening would that team be?
Clearly, the big-spending team was not pleased with a second-place finish in Ligue 1 last year, and they haven't been shy about throwing money around this offseason.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva would be a huge splash for any team in any given offseason. But not only have PSG made other big moves thus far, they appear to be interested in making more.
They are building a powerhouse, and they will be a force to be reckoned with next season.
So look out, Ligue 1. And for that matter, look out Champions League as well.
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