With reports that Ezequiel Lavezzi may be leaving PSG this summer, could that impact on the comings and goings at both Manchester clubs?
Football agents talk a lot. Particularly as a transfer window looms.
So it is no surprise that the agent of PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has spoken of his client’s homesickness. Although he isn’t sick for Argentina – the country of his birth – but for Italy – the country in which he made his name.
If the reports are true, both Manchester clubs, along with quite a few others, could be affected by what happens next.
Lavezzi moved to France last summer for a reported fee of €30million. This was on the back of some outstanding displays for Serie A side Napoli.
But now there are suggestions that the 28-year-old may be seeking a return to his former club.
Agent Alejandro Mazzoni told a radio station: “He is fine in France, but it is true that he misses Italian football and especially Naples.
“A return to Napoli? Sure, it is one of the alternatives for Lavezzi because Napoli were very important in his life and he would definitely like to return there.”
If ever an agent was preparing for a summer move, or at the very least a transfer request, that was it.
So why should United and City take any notice?
Well for one, they both have players PSG would more than happily take off their hands.
Reports suggest that if Wayne Rooney does leave Old Trafford this summer, the French champions-elect would be high on his list of suitors, along with Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich.
Any talk of a move to Chelsea is just that – talk. United would never sell him to a domestic rival.
Similarly City have a player who will be linked with a move away from the Etihad again this summer – Carlos Tevez.
In truth it is amazing he has stayed this long. But should PSG make a tempting offer – and they certainly have the money to tempt even the richest of rivals – the Etihad hierarchy will have a decision to make.
Following another agent’s quotes – this time from the representative of Lavezzi’s teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic – that the Swedish international may himself move on, the club could be seeking two new forwards this summer.
A Rooney and Tevez reunion? It seems unlikely. But whoever PSG move for, it could impact the transfer plans of both Manchester sides.
Edinson Cavani has previously been linked with both City and PSG. Should Lavezzi leave, don’t be surprised to see the Uruguayan replace him.
And of course there is Radamel Falcao, most recently linked with PSG’s rivals Monaco and previously with a switch to Old Trafford.
So in short, should one or both of PSG’s star forwards move on this summer, the effects could stretch all the way to the Premier League, either in the players teams lose, or the ones they miss out on.
Do you think United and City could miss out on strike targets this summer due to PSG? Or could they lose their own players to the French capital?
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