PSG: Biggest Names Linked to the Parisians in January
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti make up the core of what has been an impressive influx of talent for PSG in the last year-and-a-half. Despite these marquee names and a high-profile coach in Carlo Ancelotti, it is known that PSG ownership is far from content with the current roster.
With a deal already in place for Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura for a January arrival, PSG will be adding more talent to their roster. Despite this addition, there are still some high-profile moves PSG may make that will not only get attention in France, but across the soccer world.
The following are big-name players that PSG have been linked with.
This rumor has been covered extensively over the last month, spurred on by Cristiano Ronaldo's "sadness." While this link is unlikely to happen, it is still worth discussing.
The thought of a Ronaldo pairing with Ibrahimovic is an appetizing prospect. The internal competition may very well be the biggest story to watch.
The egos of the two great players would either destroy the locker room, or push each other to bring out the very best. One thing is for certain, the show would be entertaining.
PSG stole Lucas Moura away before Manchester United, and could very well pull another magic rabbit out of the Brazilian hat.
In PSG's favor are two things, their money and their Brazilian contingent. Director Leonardo will at least make a run for Neymar if he has not already. With Lucas Moura and Thiago Silva talking up PSG, Neymar will be intrigued by what his pals have to say.
A Neymar pairing with Ibrahimovic is another highly explosive combination. Ibra can help Neymar adjust to the European game while teaching him things to add to his tremendous skill.
The other advantage to Neymar is extending the fan base. While PSG has a strong following in Brazil, Neymar would take that even further, and his international status with fans would extend the PSG boundaries.
Chances of this one are better than getting Ronaldo, but still rather low.
The Atletico attacking dynamo is another name who has popped up in the PSG rumor mill. Along the lines of Ronaldo and Neymar, Falcao is another top-line attacker who can help take the scoring burden off of Ibra.
The Colombian is highly sought after in Europe, but PSG have the financial power to bring him to the table. The dynamic player would give PSG the additional firepower needed to keep defenses on their heels.
With his ability to play in the midfield as well, Ancelotti could slot him into multiple positions.
Ashley Cole has been linked with PSG from the moment Carlo Ancelotti took the reins in Paris. PSG still have a few questions on the back line, and Cole could help answer some of those.
Despite his reputation as a tremendous two way player, Cole is beginning to slow down some. While he could still help PSG for a few years, this is not the same player who played a key role during Ancelotti's tenure at Chelsea.
With his contract coming to an end at Chelsea soon, expect Cole to make a move in January if the offer is decent.
From a former Arsenal man to a current Gunner, Theo Walcott is another player who is out of contract at the end of the season. His skill and potential is not in question, but his consistency and injury history are an issue.
Walcott's speed would be a tremendous asset on the wing for PSG. His ability to run off the ball would make him a recipient of several scoring chances setup by Ibrahimovic.
Walcott will have no shortage of suitors in the market, and PSG will face stiff competition from Italy along with some Premier League teams.