Manchester Utd’s top goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov is set to move to French side Paris Saint Germain, as is AS Roma’s Marco Borriello. The french outfit have recently been bought by Qatari Sports Investments (QSI), a company owned by the Qatari royal family.
Although Berbatov was last years shared EPL golden boot winner (21 goals) he found himself out of favour with Sir Alex; so out favour in fact he was left out of the squad in the CL final defeat to Barca (rumors suggest Berbatov stormed out of Wembley.) According to Sky Sports Sir Alex also said it was a possibility that Berbatov could leave the club this summer, most probably to PSG.
Also AS Roma striker Marco Borriello is linked with an £8m deal in a bid to add experience to the attacking line up. Whether he would be replacement if the Berbatov deal fell through, or if the manager Leonardo sees them playing together remains to be seen.
QSI’s investment will give PSG a similar financial clout to that of Man City of the EPL. Already they have spent £37m and although it may not sound all that much in comparison to EPL clubs – this could rise dramatically with the expected purchases. But this already dwarfs what the other french clubs have spent – Ligue 1 champions Lille have spent little over 10m.
PSG have already recruited a string of stars including amongst others, £11m striker Kevin Gameiro from Lorient and £10m midfielder Blaise Matuidi. Also expected to sign for the Paris club is the young Argentine prodigy and Chelsea target, Javier Pastore of Palermo in a mega deal worth over £43 million euros.
PSG have had their fair share of ups and downs since winning their last title in 1994, changing ownership, chairmanship and managers on a regular basis. All this leading to unrest in players and fans alike as the club finished outside the upper echelons of Ligue 1. How quickly things change huh?