Well, the level of activity on possible PSG departures has gone up a notch in the past week. Not only have we had to deal with the repercussions from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani’s breach of discipline but two other Paris Saint-Germain players have been heavily linked with moves away. Adrien Rabiot according to reports is on the brink of moving to Tottenham Hotspur and Thiago Motta’s agent has sparked doubts over his client’s Parisian future.
According to Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Rabiot may be farmed out on loan to the end of the season to England. Spurs would have no option to buy with the player just recently signing a new contract. Still, it would perhaps be a good move for the young Frenchman to experience playing abroad. The London club are looking to offload central midfielder Paulinho and Rabiot would thus come in as his replacement.
The Thiago Motta situation is a strange one. Le Parisien published an article last week criticising the player’s start to the season. This was followed by a Twitter tirade from his agent lambasting the Parisian daily and hinting that Motta should perhaps seek a move in the January window. It was a startling rant by Alessandro Canovi and to make the episode even more bizarre, his father defended him in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb:
“At PSG, no one defended Thiago Motta after an article in a French newspaper, so my son pointed out that if the problem was with him, we could talk with the clubs who are looking for a midfielder. And many teams want one. Inter Milan , AC Milan , Manchester United or Real Madrid where there is Carlo Ancelotti who knows the player “.
He then went onto make a major hint that one of the Milan clubs would be of interest; “Milan is an important city to Thiago Motta . Inter and AC Milan might be interested. Everything depends on the views of PSG”.
1970 PSG’s Player of the Season for 2013/14, TM has been one of our most underrated players for the past 18 months. But, there does appear to be some kind of tension at the moment. Le Parisien has said in the past week that the player feels he should be paid more in comparison to other players.
Whether or not this is all just a smokescreen to get a new contract? Time will tell. But at the moment there are more players linked with moves away from the club than coming in.