Ligue 1

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the Lique 1 and everything French football related.

Ligue 1, Man Utd., Serie A

Lucas Frenzy Out Of Control As PSG Bid €45m For Brazil Reserve

The bidding frenzy for San Paulo starlet Lucas Moura has taken another crazy turn. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed that Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for the midfielder, a fee he believes is “completely illogical”.

The Inter President has came to his senses and pulled his club out of the Lucas sweepstakes telling Sky Sport Italia:

“We would never have gone up to that sum,” Moratti said. “In any case, there are no regrets that we didn’t finish off the move, as the cost was already pretty high a few days ago.

Ligue 1, Major League Soccer

Will Ibrahimovic Make His PSG Debut Against D.C. United?

The answer to that question appears to be yes, as high-profile signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut against D.C. United on Saturday night.

“He will start to train this afternoon,” said PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti of Ibrahimovic in a media conference call on Tuesday. “For the game on Saturday, I think that we have to check his physical condition, and if there are no problems maybe he can play 40, 45 minutes.”

Ligue 1, News

Ibrahimovic’s Agent Defends His Massive Wage Package

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has been trying to defend his clients huge money move to Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain as the deal continues to draw criticism throughout France.

New France president Francois Hollande was critical of Ibra’s transfer last week saying:

“There are teams who manage to win, even in professional sport… without necessarily having very large wages.”

According to the Guardian, Ibrahimovic is reportedly set to earn over €250,000-a-week after tax in a country that already imposes a 75% tax rate for individuals with an annual salary of more than €1 million. Read that again. Ibrahimovic  gets €250,000-a-week after tax. So his pre-tax wages are €1 million-a-week. That has to make Ibrahimovic the highest paid athlete (gross wages) in the  world.

Ligue 1, Serie A

PSG Confirm Completion Of Ibrahimovic Deal

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed that the blockbuster deal between PSG and Inter Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva for €65 million has finally been completed.

The two clubs agreed on the deal last week and Silva agreed to personal terms with PSG last week also, but it took Ibrahimovic and his agent until today to agree on a deal that made Ibrahimovic the second highest paid footballer in the world.

The 30-year-old Sweden international has agreed a reported €13 million-per-annum, three-year deal and will undergo a medical in Paris on Wednesday morning.

Barcelona, Bundesliga, Europe, La Liga, Ligue 1, News, Premier League, Real Madrid

Top Ten Best Paid Footballers In The World

With today’s confirmation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has moved from AC Milan to Paris St-Germain here is a list of the top ten highest paid footballers in the world. Note that these numbers reflect club wages, and doesn’t include any taxes that some teams pay on behalf of their players:

  1. Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi) €20m
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) €13m
  3. Didier Drogba (Shangai Shenua) €13m
  4. Zltan Ibrahimovic (PSG) €13m
  5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) €12m
  6. Waybe Rooney (Manchester United) €11.5m
  7. Yaya Tourè (Manchester City) €10.8m
  8. Dario Conca (Guanghzou Evergrande) €10.5m
  9. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) €9.7m
  10. Kakà (Real Madrid) €9m
AC Milan, Ligue 1, News

AC Milan Accepts €65m Offer From PSG For Silva And Ibrahimovic

Huge news out of Italy as Sky Italia are reporting that AC Milan has accepted Paris Saint-Germain’s €65 million offer for Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With an agreement over a transfer fee seemingly struck between the two clubs, now PSG needs to reach agreements with the two players, something that they have struggled doing before.

PSG has a 46 million euro offer for Silva turned down last month as Rossoneri president Silvio Berlusconi rejected the transfer himself at the last minute.

Reports have suggested the 27-year-old Brazil defender could still turn down the move. Only two days ago he was quoted as saying:

Chelsea, Ligue 1, Premier League

Lavezzi Snubs Chelsea And Man City By Joining Paris Saint-Germain

Big win for Paris Saint-Germain in the transfer market as they have signed 27-year-old Argentina striker Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli for £21million.

Lavezzi had been linked with a move to Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City but PSG grabbed him with a five-year deal worth £77,000-a-week.

Lavezzi really impressed with his performances in the Champions League, where his Napoi side knocked Man City out of the competition in the group stages before falling to Chelsea in the knockout round.

Lavezzi’s agent Alejandro Mazzon confirmed his side will be heading to France rather than England saying:

Ligue 1, Premier League

Carlos Tevez will not be joining PSG

Carlos Tevez will not be transferring to Paris Saint Germain. The French club from the capital Paris are now owned by a Qatari investment fund and have money aplenty. It was widely expected that they would be able to put together a financial package that would have been sufficient to entice the Argentine striker to come and join their mission to make PSG one of the leading players in European football. As of now, the move appears dead.

Europe, Ligue 1

Torres Move To PSG Interesting, But Won’t Happen

Very interesting news emerging from Paris. PSG Coach Carlo Ancelotti is claiming that he has been offered Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. Of course Chelsea have maintained that Torres is not for sale so there is a very high likelihood that the deal won’t go through.

That said, with notable Chelsea strikers Drogba and Kalou having linked up with their national side for the African Cup of Nations, Torres has been gifted the perfect opportunity to prove himself.

Meanwhile, Speaking to Gazetta dello Sport, Ancelotti revealed that he had a lot of players to pick from in this transfer window, Torres being one of them.

Ligue 1, Major League Soccer

PSG Call Off Beckham Deal

Out of Contract LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will not be joining French side PSG after all.  Club President Nasser Al Khelaifi revealed that the deal had been called off.

Beckham who had been linked with the Paris based club since late last year seems set to re-sign with Galaxy. When questioned by reporters as to whether Beckham would stay with Galaxy, this is what Al Khelaifi had to say.

“Yes, I think so. David Beckham is in Los Angeles and will stay there.

“He will not come, it’s clear.”