Would Ribery trade in Munich for Paris?
PSG are set to go on another spending spree this summer to try and complete an already impressive roster. Unlike last season, PSG may be looking to add some French flavor to the squad.
Leonardo and Carlo Ancelotti spent a great deal of money bringing in South American talent and players with Serie A ties. This is understandable given their history, but that trend may change this summer.
A report in the Guardian quotes PSG director Leonardo with the following comments:
"The market is opening up. We may look in Spain or England. The idea of seeing the great French players here is something I like. I'm not necessarily talking about [Karim] Benzema, but maybe [Samir] Nasri, [Franck] Ribéry or [Yohan] Cabaye. But I do not know if it is feasible and I have not had contact with any of them."
While it is nothing new for coaches and directors to discuss players they like, the tone of the comments leads one to believe that each player mentioned is under serious consideration.
Samir Nasri has been the center of speculation surrounding PSG for a while now. With his future at Manchester City in doubt, a change of scenery is more likely by the day.
The mention of Franck Ribery raises a few eyebrows. Ribery appears to be happy at Bayern Munich, but could he be tempted by a move back to France?
His time at Marseille may make it difficult for him to suit up for OM's biggest rival. But in today's game, money makes loyalty seemingly meaningless. The biggest obstacle in trying to sign Ribery would be convincing him to leave a loaded Bayern team that is one of the best in the world right now.
A move for Ribery would more than likely bring about the exit of the disappointing Javier Pastore. Pastore has struggled to fit in with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the lineup. A move back to Italy or possibly England may be what is needed to resurrect a once-promising career.
Yohan Cabaye would provide some more midfield cover. His attacking talents would fit in well with Carlos Ancelotti's counter attack style. His familiarity with Ligue 1 would help overcome the challenges PSG face in the domestic schedule.
All three players discussed would bring more attacking firepower to PSG. It would provide competition and depth, especially at the wide and midfield positions.
Continuing along the lines of French interest, Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue has stated (per ESPN FC) his desire to join PSG. Capoue revealed his desire to play in Paris in the following comments:
"There was contact this winter with PSG and there still is today, I hope there will be plenty more contact between us. We are undoubtedly very close to a deal."
"I am a big PSG fan so to play for them would be a dream. I want to play in the Champions League, but whatever happens it will be a personal choice. For me, a top club is one that is playing in the Champions League."
Capoue would bring another defensive minded player into the midfield. His hard tackling style would help regain possession for PSG's attack. The addition of Capoue would almost certainly spell the end of Thiago Motta's time with PSG.
An interesting option Capoue may provide is the potential to use him as a defensive pairing with Thiago Silva in the center of the defense. Capoue is versatile enough to handle that position, especially when injuries or suspensions require support.
Adding some French blood will satisfy many fans who want to see their country well represented by their club. Any combination of these four players coming to Paris will also give those fans even more reason to dream of European glory.