Is Wayne Rooney PSG's answer to Monaco?
PSG accomplished quite a bit in year two of their "project". Ligue 1 champions and a valiant showing in the Champions League final eight showed they were more than an open checkbook.
It is the open checkbook that had them staring at an opportunity to dominate French football like no other team before them. A dynasty in Ligue 1 seemed only a formality until new money joined them this summer.
AS Monaco wanted to make a splash in their return to the top level of the French game, and make a splash they have.
Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho, and Ricardo Carvalho are just the start of what has been a large financial outlay into players this summer. With many other targets making their rounds through the transfer rumors, there is little doubt Monaco is looking to unseat PSG from day one.
While the arrival of Monaco and their money was expected to raise the bar, the height the bar is fast approaching is beyond what many could fathom. With every move Monaco makes, the PSG fanbase grows a little more concerned about the perch the Parisians have just recently settled in on.
We have yet to see what moves PSG will make to answer its newest threat. There are plenty of rumors swirling that would fit the bill though.
Some of the rumors include The Independent reporting that PSG is interested in signing Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. The Express has linked the Parisians with a move for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria. The Express also discussed PSG's interest in Bacary Sagna. the same article also points out potential interest by Monaco in Sagna.
These names paint a pretty good picture of the talent PSG is being linked with this summer, but are any of these part of the moves PSG need to make to remain top dog in France?
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti and Thiago Silva already in place, PSG has its core to build around. Any moves now need to improve weaker positions and add some more depth.
A look at PSG points to two moves as being necessary, and any other moves would just be gravy at this point. PSG is already two years in to their plan.
The first point of business for PSG is to sort out the coaching situation. There has been much discussion over Carlo Ancelotti and a possible move for him to Real Madrid. Whether he stays or goes needs to be sorted out quickly. Having the managerial position up in the air has a negative effect on transfers.
Players will not be as eager to sign on when the manager may or may not be there. Ancelotti's exit could also spur a move to the exit door by some of the club's star players.
The transfer that is a higher priority for PSG has to be for Sagna. The Arsenal defender would be a tremendous upgrade at right-back for PSG.
Adding him to Silva would improve an already solid defense, but it would also give PSG a player they will need to help contain Monaco's attack during their matches.
With Sagna also linked to Monaco, a capture of the Arsenal star would also deprive their rivals of a key piece to their project.
This is not to say that Rooney, Di Maria or any of the other big name targets would not help PSG's cause. PSG just needs to be careful that their additions fit their needs.
PSG will make moves to counter Monaco, but do not expect them to be of the same magnitude. PSG is farther along their plan's trajectory and that should help their fans rest easier this summer.