PSG Transfer Rumours: 5 Big Names Linked to Paris in January

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIDecember 13, 2012

PSG Transfer Rumours: 5 Big Names Linked to Paris in January

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    Paris Saint-Germain has been linked with moves for some big names in the January transfer window. 

    The French side has amassed some great talent in the last few transfer windows but it hasn't been enough to make them a dominant force in France or Europe. They were beaten to the Ligue 1 title by Montpellier last season and are currently in a tight race with Lyon and Marseille.

    They topped their Champions League group to secure progression to the knockout rounds but have yet to face the elite of Europe.

    Here are five big names linked with possible January moves to PSG.

    Keep in mind, though, that the players on this list may not end up joining PSG at all.

5. Bacary Sagna

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    The Metro cites French daily L'Equipe to report that PSG could be looking to add some French talent, with Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna the target.

    Here's more from the Metro;

    Sagna’s current deal at the Emirates expires at the end of next season, but talks over an extension have stalled, with the player said to be requesting healthy terms on a four-year-deal.

    Arsenal are unwilling to match that, preferring to offer Sagna just two years, as they are wary that he will turn 30 in February, and has suffered two broken legs in successive seasons.

    If PSG can stump up the cash, it might prove too much to turn down for Arsene Wenger, who is said to believe that Carl Jenkinson is a custom-made replacement.

    Carl Jenkinson's progress does make it easier for Arsene Wenger to play hardball with Sagna but he would risk losing another important player.

    PSG has more than enough money to tempt any side and could certainly sign the Frenchman.

4. Patrice Evra

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    According to Le Parisien via the Mirror, PSG is looking to strengthen their left-back position by signing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

    Carlo Ancelotti is seemingly unhappy with his current options at the position, Maxwell and Siaka Tiene.

    Evra would represent an upgrade on both these players despite his increasing age.

    With Alexander Buttner already in the ranks as a replacement, United may be willing to let the Frenchman go.

3. Daniele De Rossi

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    Daniele De Rossi has also been linked (by Gazzetta dello Sport via the Examiner) with a move to PSG. 

    The Italian and AS Roma midfielder has been on the radar of a number of clubs in recent times.

    De Rossi seems to be set for a move after spending his entire career in Italy with Roma.

    The defensive midfielder would increase the quality of any team he joins and would be a solid mid-season addition due to his lack of European involvement.

2. Mario Balotelli

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    Roberto Mancini voiced his frustration with Mario Balotelli after Manchester City's loss to Manchester United on Sunday (per

    The Italian striker has failed to fire this season and has only three goals for the club so far.

    While City have said they are unwilling to let the player go, that could change when the transfer window rolls around (via ESPN Soccernet).

    The Daily Mail has reported on PSG's interest in Balotelli. If City were to succeed in negotiations with one of their own targets, the Italian striker may be the first attacker to leave.

1. Wesley Sneijder

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    According to Football Italia via, PSG could sign Wesley Sneijder during the January window.

    The Dutch playmaker is in an ongoing dispute with Inter concerning his contract (per

    Sneijder has not appeared for the club since the beginning of October, and an exit seems very likely.

    Javier Pastore is the club's main playmaker at the moment with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also a major creative force.

    Signing Sneijder would give PSG a world-class playmaker, though it would mean Pastore would likely move to the bench.

    The Dutchman hasn't been in the best of form, but a move to a new team could give him the lift he needs to return to the top of his game.