It’s FA Cup third round day in the Football Transfer Tavern, regarded by punters as one of the best football days of the year but instead of discussing the chances for lowly Hastings against Middlesbrough, the talk has turned to a report that Paris Saint Germain are preparing to bid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mirror Football correspondent David McDonnell suggests that the Qatar-backed club hope to lure both Ronaldo and his Real Madrid gaffer Jose Mourinho to Paris this summer in a double swoop that will dash Manchester United’s hopes of landing either in the near future.
The PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has admitted that he wants to capture the Portuguese pair who both look set to depart Spain at the end of the season.
“I respect Real Madrid and their president,” said Al-Khelaifi in an interview with Le Parisien.
“So if I want to have Ronaldo come to Paris, I will first call Real before engaging in any commentaries.
“I believe he [Mourinho] has clarified his position. He has said that he won’t leave Real until they have won the Champions League.”
Interestingly the PSG man refused to offer any assurances to Carlo Ancelotti which according McDonnell means he could be replaced by the former Chelsea boss in the summer.
“I consider Ancelotti to be one of the best bosses in the world, but it’s a very particular job,” said Al-Khelaifi.
“A boss depends on the results of his team. That’s how it is, I can do nothing about that.”
Mourinho and Ronaldo share the same agent, Jorge Mendes, and it is reported that he has already held meetings with Al-Khelaifi as the Paris-based club look to secure a double move that would send shockwaves through world football.
PSG have already brought the stellar-likes of Javier Pastore, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Parc Des Princes in recent years, reaffirming their reputation as a so-called ‘big’ club.