Updates from Thursday, May 29
Yaya Toure clarified the comments he made about Paris Saint-Germain (via George Ankers of Goal.com):
"The media took what I said out of context," he told RFI.
"For the moment, there's nothing planned. Too many things have been said, that annoyed me.
"I want to take advantage of this opportunity to put things into context. It's very important. I simply said that it was nice to be a player who is quite coveted and it was an honour to play for PSG."
Toure was unwilling to pledge his future to City, however, simply stating: "My goal is the World Cup. The country awaits us."
Clearly unperturbed by the ticking off received from UEFA for breach of financial fair play regulations, Paris Saint-Germain seem intent on bolstering their squad for next season with a myriad of illustrious names.
The French champions have already agreed a £40 million fee with Chelsea to bring David Luiz to the Parc des Princes, per David Ornstein of BBC Sport, and recent reports suggest he won’t be the only big-money capture this summer.
Manager Laurent Blanc insists the club will continue to strengthen despite the financial fair play spotlight being fixed upon them, per Ian Holyman of ESPN FC, and a host of illustrious names are being touted to make the move to the French capital.
Here’s the very latest transfer news when it comes to all things PSG-related.
The Ivory Coast international has continued to fuel speculation that he may be on his way out of Manchester City this summer by claiming it would be “an honour” to don the PSG strip.
When I think about objectives of Paris Saint-Germain, how can you not be interested in a club like that? PSG have become a European power. It'd be an honour to be part of such a club one day... if I can be of use.
These latest quotes will certainly come as a concern to Manchester City supporters, who were left bemused when their star midfielder’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, insisted the player was left feeling “like a nobody” by the Premier League champions after they failed to acknowledge his 31st birthday, per Sam Adams of The Mirror.
With that in mind, Alex O’Henley offered an alternative view as to why Toure may be tempted by the Parisians:
Toure—who netted 20 Premier League goals last season, per WhoScored.com—was vital in City's charge to Premier League glory last season, but these latest quotes suggest that whilst the nature of his dispute with City may seem somewhat trivial, it could have far-reaching consequences for the Etihad outfit.
The French champions are willing to pay £20 million to bring the Tottenham goalkeeper to the Parc des Princes, but they will face competition from a host of European football’s most illustrious outfits if they’re to do so.
For £20 million, should Spurs cash in on Lloris?
According to John Cross of The Mirror, Lloris is disappointed about missing out on Champions League football and he has been cited as the man to take the No.1 jersey for Blanc’s team next season.
Lloris signed for Spurs from Lyon in a £11.8 million deal back in September 2012, per BBC Sport, and since then he has gone on to establish himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League. The French international has showcased wonderful composure, stunning reflexes and a patent for being blisteringly quick off his line. At 27 years old, there is plenty of room for improvement yet.
Whether Tottenham are willing to cash in on their first-choice goalkeeper—especially with little comparable quality in reserve—is somewhat doubtful. Ian Abrahams of talkSPORT doubts Spurs will entertain any potential sale:
The prospect of returning to France and playing for a team who are set to challenge among European football’s elite would surely be an offer too tempting to turn down for Lloris. But you suspect it’d have to be a gargantuan offer for Spurs to consider sending him on his way.
The marauding wing-back could be off to Paris this summer as part of a deal that would see Marquinhos move to the Camp Nou.
According to beIN Sports (h/t Marca), the Barcelona are keen to bring in a central defender and they have cited the 20-year-old as a primary target after losing out on his signature last summer. Alves could be included in a deal that would see the Brazilians trade places, and that would bring the curtain down on Alves' trophy-laden six-year spell with La Blaugrana.
beIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri tweeted that the wheels are well in motion on this deal:
BOOM! Barcelona and PSG closing in for a swap Marquinhos for Dani Alves + money. Meeting at extremely advanced stage— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) May 26, 2014
Now 31 years old, Alves is approaching the twilight of his career and whilst his trademark forays down the right-hand side have been crucial to Barcelona’s success down the years, a move away could be the best option for the player at this juncture.
Here's a taster of what PSG fans can expect should they acquire Alves' services:
The Parisians are a little short in the full-back positions, and Alves would bring some much-needed quality to the right-back slot. He’s won everything there is to win with Barcelona, who themselves are expected to take a change of direction under new boss Luis Enrique.
A new challenge—plus, a substantial pay day—would help to keep Alves motivated and focused ahead of a vital stage in his career.