With the great influx of talent in the summer, for some players there is simply no future at PSG. With the January Window upon us we tell you if they are likely to move or not, and, if so, where they might be heading.
Peguy Luyindula (Forward):
One of the most prolific Ligue 1 goalscorers of all time has sadly been crowded out this season with the arrival of Ibrahimovic. Luyindula is in fact no longer at PSG, having terminated his contract last weekend. Leaving.
New York Red Bulls (9/10 likelihood):
Luyindula cancelled his contract with the intention of signing for MLS side New York Red Bulls, so one can only assume that there had been prior contact between the two parties before his termination. If the move does come off he will be joining fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry. This deal seems all but done, and there is very little speculation suggesting Luyindula’s next club is anywhere else.
Siaka Tiene (Defender):
The Ivorian left-back has played just eleven minutes this season for Les Parisiens and has been moaning since the start of the campaign about lack of game time. He certainly wants to leave, but, rather embarrassingly there is a distinct lack of interest from other clubs. Leaving.
The Turkish giants are struggling to keep up in this season’s race to the Turkish league title, mainly because of a leaking defence. Tiene could be the man to solve their problems and have reportedly been in contact with the Ivorian international. At the end of the day, it merely boils down to personal preference for Tiene. Besiktas have the finances to give the PSG outcast the wages he wants.
If Tiene prefers to stay in France and probably take a sizeable wage cut then Toulouse are showing some interest in signing him up. Although these developments are fairly fresh, it would be a logical step for the Ivorian to make.
West Bromwich Albion (1/10):
The over-achieving Premier League side did in fact submit a bid for Tiene in the summer transfer window, but eventually signed young full-back Popov to fill the void. Extremely unlikely to make another offer in 2013.
Zoumana Camara (Defender):
The veteran centre-back receives virtually no game time, and it would make sense for him to look for a new club. However, Camara has announced that he wants to stay until his contract expires in June. ‘I want to win trophies with PSG’ he said. Staying.
Diego Lugano (Defender):
A really talented centre-back with a seriously poor attitude. The latter attribute has seen his PSG adventure turned miserable after being banished to the reserves in October. Absolutely certain to leave. Leaving.
When it first emerged that Lugano wanted out of PSG, Gremio were front runners to sign the Uruguayan. However, his agent this week announced that Lugano is looking to remain in Europe dealing a serious blow to the the Brazilian side’s hopes of signing the defender. Despite this, the centre-back is 32, and it would make sense at this late point in his career to move closer to home.
Another Brazilian option for Lugano, Cruzeiro’s Director of Football Alexandre Mattos admitted that the club is looking for a ‘world-class defender’ and that the possibility of signing Diego Lugano ‘is not 100% ruled out’. He also went on to say that Lugano was not sure whether he would stay in Europe or not, although it seems like the former is more likely now. Cruzeiro would also have to sell a player who was not a Brazilian national as regulations state that a Brazilian club can only have 3 foreigners, something they already have.
Fener are currently falling behind in the Turkish league, and certainly have the funds to be able to afford the type of wages that Lugano is interested in. At this moment in time, it does seem that Lugano’s next club will most likely be in Turkey, so they have as a much of a chance as anyone to nab the Uruguayan.
World press has been reporting all week that QPR are going to try and sign the Uruguayan outcast, but the club already has a very high wage bill and are unlikely to try and sign yet another ‘reject’. It is fair to say, that the general make up of the current team is with players who have failed elsewhere and are coming to the end of their career’s (e.g. Nelsen, Anton Ferdinand).
Surprisingly, Malaga are seriously interested in taking a punt and signing the 32-year old, and are reportedly in advanced talks with Lugano. Malaga have been the surprise of the season in European football, having superbly recovered from bankruptcy to perform excellently in Liga BBVA and the Champions League. It would certainly be a great move for Lugano, but one wonders whether he would be guaranteed first team football.
In Lugano’s agent’s announcement to the press earlier this week he announced that Napoli were in fact front-runners to sign his client. Lugano certainly fits the bill for a Napoli centre-back, but one wonders whether he might struggle with the pace needed in a team playing with 3 centre-backs. Another top European club though.
Part 2 to follow.