Paris Saint-Germain Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20
Updated January 23
It is no surprise to see Paris Saint-Germain figure heavily in transfer speculation during the January window. The French club, buoyed by investments from owners the Qatar Investment Authority, have made some of the most spectacular purchases over the last few seasons.
The Parisiens are currently five points clear of Monaco at the top of Ligue 1, but there is no room for complacency.
With plenty of league action still to come, and a tilt at the Champions League also at the forefront of the club's mind, the remainder of the transfer window could well be a busy time for PSG as they look to further reinforce their ranks.
Toure Tempted by City of Lights
A new name has been added to the growing list of midfielders linked to Paris in the current transfer window. To judge by Yaya Toure's words, a move down from Manchester City would be a serious opportunity if it goes through.
The Cote d'Ivoire international was quizzed on a possible transfer by RMC (via Andy Hodgson of the Evening Standard), and gave a positive response.
"When you have big teams like that, who already have big players, it's obviously attractive. Being part of an adventure like that, a squad like that, is exceptional," Toure confessed, also labelling PSG "A big team, full of history."
Pastore Switch Unlikely for Pjanic
The midfield is without a doubt the focus of PSG's January plans, with Roma star Miralem Pjanic the latest to be linked with a move to the French capital.
However, even if the Bosnian does leave Rome for Parc des Princes, we are unlikely to see Javier Pastore—who has been mentioned as a possible makeweight in a potential deal—move in the opposite direction.
No stranger to Serie A, the Argentine has ruled out a swtch to Roma, according to Fox Sports (via Four Four Two).
"I am happy here (at PSG) and, as I've said, I don’t want to leave," the ex-Palermo playmaker explained, while admitting he would consider his options if Roma did call.
Hazard Distances Himself from French Capital
With a scintillating 51 goals in 21 Ligue 1 outings, more strike-power does not appear to be a priority for Laurent Blanc's team. However, Chelsea hot-shot Eden Hazard is one attacking talent that has featured prominently on the PSG radar.
The Blues' Premier League top scorer (with nine) has been linked strongly to the club. However, in an interview with Telefoot (via the Daily Express), the Belgium international played down the chance of swapping London for the French capital.
“Paris is a name that comes up frequently in the speculation, because it is a club that has money—a big club—but I am at Chelsea, I play all the time, and I like it here," the youngster explained, dismissing his chances of joining the French giants.
While one Premier League midfielder may be out of reach, Paris Saint-Germain have another target lined up. Laurent Blanc is keen to reinforce in the middle of the pitch and has lined up Yohan Cabaye as a prime candidate to add more muscle to the PSG base.
Speaking to Canal+ after Sunday's victory over Nantes (via ITV), Blanc refused to rule out a move for the Newcastle man, who could attract a bid of over £20 million.
"It would be good to recruit a player in the heart of the game, to have an extra player in midfield," the coach affirmed.
When asked specifically about Cabaye, the former French World Cup-winning captain was coy but kept transfer speculation alive: "I ask myself. I know the man. He has that character, but there are others."