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French Bid Landed But It’s Not €21M… Nowhere Near

We like to think we’re a cosmopolitan bunch here at the Transfer Tavern and never has this been more obvious than now, as we bring you a red-hot rumour all the way from exotic… France.

The story from the home of the croissant concerns Manchester City’s forgotten winger, Shaun Wright-Phillips, who is reportedly being lined up for a summer swoop by French giants, Paris Saint Germain – sacré bleu!

Roberto Mancini rarely plays the rapid right-winger and Wright-Phillips was known to be on the verge of leaving the club in the January transfer window, only for an injury to Adam Johnson to halt his exit as his Italian manager worried about being caught short on the wings.

PSG have been rejuvenated under Antoine Kombouaré after years in the doldrums; with mid-table finishes and even relegation battles to contend with, Paris’s only Ligue 1 club is finally challenging again and Les Parisiens are currently in 5th place on goal-difference, 4 points off the top.

With the possibility of Champions League football next season and the chance to actually play some football at long last, a move to PSG, which could cost the French club as little as £5million, could prove an attractive prospect to Wright-Phillips, who, at 29, is entering the autumn of his playing career.

Wright-Phillips started his career with the Citizens (does any fans actually call them that?) in 1998 when Joe Royle was in charge and City still played at Maine Road – how things have changed.

The diminutive speedster moved on to Chelsea for a staggering £21million at the peak of Abramovich’s early big-spending craze in July 2005.  Never truly a first-choice at Stamford Bridge, SWP returned to Manchester for £9million in  2008 – a tidy piece of business, not that the new owners were too bothered about balancing the books.

Since the arrival of Roberto Mancini, Wright-Phillips has been in and out of the team and with his future seemingly limited to intermittent appearances at City, PSG’s interest could well be of interest. Having been linked with Fulham and Bolton in the January transfer window, the pocket-sized winger should have a number of choices come the summer, but maybe he should show some joie de vivre and make a positive move to the City of Light – it beats Bolton on a Friday night, that’s for sure.

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