Archive for the ‘PSG’ Category

Rumor Links Donovan To Paris Saint-Germain

August 22, 2009

You’ve probably heard the rumor by now that the LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan has been linked to Paris Saint-Germain. What you probably haven’t heard is that virtually every report (including this one) is just a recap of a blurb from French website 10 Sport.

But even 10 Sport only mentions that he is about to be engaged with the club (which could mean talks have begun), a far cry from being close to a signing – assuming this rumor has any truth to it.

A move to the French league, even if its just a loan for one season, would probably be a good way for Donovan to stay tuned up for next year’s World Cup. After seeing how effective Charlie Davies has been at Sochaux, there may be other French teams now interested in signing one of the available US strikers. All that said, until you see another original news source or a quote from someone in Donovan’s camp, don’t hold your breath.

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Pack Pursuing Onyewu Continues To Grow

July 1, 2009

In addition to the teams we last mentioned in pursuit of US defender Oguchi Onyewu, a few more have joined the pack. Perennial Dutch power Ajax are said to be interested in Gooch, as well and the French media are now seeing renewed interest from PSG and Marseille. There are also reports out of Belgium that he “is not closing the door on a longer stay at Standard” yet either.

Stay tuned – this one will only get more interesting.

Monaco: Adu Ready For A League Start?

September 27, 2008

Freddy Adu finally made a start for AS Monaco, putting in a solid effort in a League Cup match against Paris Saint-Germain. Unfortunately, Monaco fell to the resurgent PSG 1-0 on a 36th minute goal by Fabrice Pancrate. Adu was replaced in the 70th by Park Ju-Young who was also unable to produce an equalizer.

Adu’s performance and good understanding with his teammates bodes well for his chances to start Sunday against Lille. Park still seems to be finding his feet on The Rock so this may be the opening Adu has been waiting for.
The question now is whether coach Ricardo Gomes is ready to pair Adu up top with the 6′ 3″ Frederic Nimani or start his two new (but smaller) players up top, Adu and Park. Since Monaco traditionally prefers to have a muscular target up front (formerly Jan Koller, now Nimani) with a speedy supporting striker, we could see an AduNimani pairing on Sunday.

Transfer Season: By Midnight We’ll Know

September 1, 2008

OK folks, now that Michael Bradley has found a new home at Borussia Monchengladbach, we still have 12 hours before we know if Oguchi Onyewu is going to PSG, Espanyol, Lazio, Bologna, or someplace England. The Italian deadline is at 6PM (12 PM EDT) so if its a Serie A move, expect to know earlier in the day. After the rollercoaster ride that Gooch’s last transfer turned out to be, we’ll need to hear the fat lady signing on this one before we know for sure.

We’ll also soon know whether Heath Pearce will leave Hansa Rostock for greener pastures. My spidey sense (which seems to be spreading like an epidemic these days) tells me that Pearce will stay at Hansa since the club has mentioned him as someone they are counting on to help them win promotion back to the Bundesliga.

Also in Germany, Die Welt is reporting that VFL Wolfsburg’s American Kamani Hill is on the auction block but its not clear yet who the suitors may be.

Regarding Pablo Mastroeni, while there has been interest from Cagliari and some Serie B clubs, word on the street is that any move would not happen until the January 2009 transfer window. My spidey sense places Catania and Palermo on the list of interested clubs as well.

So, don’t wait for the mailman, just stay tuned here…

PSG: Onyewu’s New Home?

August 31, 2008

As the final hours tick away on this summer’s transfer window, the faithful of Paris Saint-German seem to think they’ll see American Oguchi Onyewu suiting up for them very soon. PSG has been searching for a new starting defender after Lilliam Thuram retired due to a heart condition and attempts to find a quality replacement had failed. Monaco and Marseille (the club he almost signed with in 2007) had also previously expressed an interest with Marseille dropping out of the running last Thursday. According to today’s Le Parisien, Monaco is opting for Swiss international Patrick Müller so if Gooch ends up in France, PSG will probably be his new home.

Still, much could change in the coming hours so stay tuned…

In other news, American Danny Szetela went the distance for Serie B side Brescia in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Empoli.

Monaco: Still Interested in Bradley?

August 26, 2008

Yet another twist in the Bradley transfer saga as the deadline approaches in just five days. After there seeming to be much interest from Monaco for Heerenveen’s American midfielder Michael Bradley a few weeks ago, they then focused on Betis Seville’s Marko Babic as a new offensive option. This morning here in Europe, word has come out on Footmercato.fr that ASM has not agreed terms on Babic and is now taking another look at bringing Bradley on board.

Looking over at the state of play on Standard Liege’s American defender Oguchi Onyewu, PSG looks less likely as an option as word came out last night that the Paris side wants to acquire defender Jean-Alain Boumsong from Olympique Lyon.

Lazio and PSG Links to Onyewu: Nothing But Rumors?

August 20, 2008

Since the news and rumors linking Oguchi Onyewu came out over the weekend, I’ve had my feelers out (and been scouring the Italian and French papers piling on my desk) to confirm them both -to no avail.

The first report linking Onyewu to Lazio came out at about 1PM (Western Europe time) on Sunday by the Lyon, France branch of Eurosport and we all did our share of speculation. Since then, while Lazio has been very public about the players it is pursuing, Onyewu does not appear to be one of them. There was interest back in 2007 but any talk of current interest from Lazio remains an unconfirmed rumor. While I’d love to see Gooch playing in Serie A, where I think he could help Inter in their time of need, its not looking very likely right now.

On the PSG rumor, Matthieu Margueritte of French football website Footmercato cleared it up when he reported yesterday that Onyewu’s agent, said: “It is only one rumour. Paris did not come into contact with the player, nor with me.” Some have mentioned that another French club may be in the hunt but the other club has never been named. Again, Ligue 1 is a competition where I think Onyewu could do very well and given his agent’s strong connections to French football, I still think a move to France may be in the works – its just not clear where that could be. Lyon anyone?

So, the only confirmed interest in Gooch this summer remains at FC Koeln and Fulham but in the transfer game, for every two clubs you know about, there are usually 3-4 more quietly in the mix. In any case, LFV hopes to see Gooch, who is not only a great player but a very good guy, get into a situation where he can achieve great things.

Speaking of transfer rumors, things seem to be quieting down on Heerenveen’s Michael Bradley but friend of LFV Greg Seltzer breaks the situation down better than anyone.

In other news, Freddy Adu has arrived back in Monaco and is eager to play in Saturday’s match against SM Caen, telling France Football; “I’m ready to play.” Monaco president Jérôme de Bontin also seems excited to finally have his new signing available when he told the Monaco press today; ” I am convinced that his presence will have an significant impact on the level of our offensive sector. He will be able clearly to give a new dimension to our attack.”

All of this chasing transfer rumors has left little time to think about tonight’s (or here in Naples, tomorrow morning’s) US Men’s World Cup qualifier against Guatemala. Luckily, my good friend Bob Wagman, who is in Guatemala for the match, has a great preview here.

Onyewu To PSG?

August 15, 2008

As we’ve reported here previously, Standard Liege’s American defender Oguchi Onyewu has drawn interest from FC Koeln, Fulham lately (not to mention Marseilles an Lazio back in January). With French legend Lilliam Thuram being forced into retirement by a heart condition, PSG remain in the market for a central defender. Now, according to Info PSG, they are looking at Onyewu as an option along with 24 year-old Dynamo Kiev defender Pape Diakhaté, who is under contract until 2011.

Gooch has experience in the French league after out starting at Metz and since he has played for years on French speaking teams, integrating into the side should be easier. He has shown well in recent club matches and appears to be one of the better central defense options available in northern Europe. With two days left before the French transfer deadline, Gooch and his agent Roger Boli appear to be in a tough spot. Assuming he gets an offer, should he sign for PSG by midnight on the 17th or hold out for a better deal in England? Its no secret that Onyewu prefers to play in England but a strong couple of years at PSG could be a springboard to the top teams in Europe. It seems to have worked fine for Gabriel Heinze, Ronaldinho, David Ginola, and George Weah.

Update: It turns out that back in mid-July, Ligue 1 reached an agreement with FIFA to extend the transfer window from the original August 17th to August 31st – the same as the other major Europen leagues.