ANGEL di Maria’s move from Manchester United to Paris St Germain has been hinted at by PSG manager Laurent Blanc, who played at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Blanc insists PSG will only sign players with Champions League experience, and Zapsportz.com understands that Di Maria (pictured being dismissed for United) is high on his wanted list.
The Champions League is PSG’s priority as they chase Di Maria and Juventus star Paul Pogba – who is also wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid.
PSG crashed out at the quarter-final stage of Europe’s elite club competition in each of the past three years and Blanc said: “Players who join PSG in the coming months are those who have experience in the Champions League, since (winning that title) is the wish of everyone. We need to go get some experienced players recruited.
“Players will leave, others will stay but Paris does not need to sign six or seven players. We must recruit the quality and take players who have experience of the Champions League.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool might have found a club daft enough to want to take Not-So-Super-Mario off their hands. In Zapsportz.com’s analysis of Brendan Rodgers £211 million spend on 24 players here on this site, Mario Balotelli was one of the biggest flops scoring 0/10.
Former Manchester City striker Balotelli joined Liverpool in a £16million deal from AC Milan in August, and has been a complete waste of money. Yet, Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero continues to suggest the Italian club will sign him this summer. Good luck! The club’s eccentric owner wanted to take the Italy striker on loan earlier this year.
Does he need to go to SpecSavers?
He said: “Balotelli is a great name. He’d suit a lot of teams. I’d take him at Sampdoria in a heartbeat. A partnership of Eto’o-Balotelli would be fantastic.”
Sampdoria are selling Stefano Okaka and Eder who have attracted interest from Stoke and Crystal Palace respectively.
Here is some of the other Sunday transfer gossip of the day, Are these tales correct? Well we can guide you with our exclusive Zapsportz.com ratings for their credibility with marks out of ten…
Liverpool are bidding £20m for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 23 – also wanted by Manchester United. That would indicate Mario Balotelli’s time on Merseyside is up, with Sampdoria hopeful of signing the Italy forward. (Sunday Express) 8/10
Chelsea are leading the race for £40m-rated Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 23. (Sun on Sunday) 8/10
Wolfsburg have put a £45m price tag on former Chelsea forward and Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne, 23. (Sunday Mirror) 8/10
Manchester United are likely to be disappointed in their pursuit of Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, 28, with the Uruguayan poised for a move to Juventus. (Gazzetta dello Sport) 9/10
Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 35, is wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool, according to reports in Tuttosport. The 35-year-old midfielder has one year left on his deal at Juventus. (Independent on Sunday) 1/10
Zapsportz.com wonders why Brendan Rodgers might want a player (good as he has been) even older and slower than Steven Gerrard!