Breaking news out of Europe this morning is that the big spending Paris Saint-Germain have failed in their attempt to lure Tottenham manager Andres Villas-boas to Paris despite offering him what was rumored to be a three year contract, and the chance to compete in the Champions League.
It is thought that the 35-year-old Portuguese manager wanted to show his loyalty to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy following Levy hiring him despite a disastrous spell at Chelsea, and with two years left on his deal at White Hart Lane, he is keen to build a team capable of reaching the Champions League.
It is also thought that he relishes the chance to compete with the man responsible for all the managerial changes Jose Mourinho who left Madrid to take over at Chelsea.
It was Mourinho’s departure from Real Madrid that forced the Spanish giants to look for a new man to put in charge with “Los Blancos” opting for PSG’s Carlo Ancelotti.
With Villas-Boas saying no to the job in France the Qatari owned club have gone for plan B a stop gap in their long term plan of having current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger move to the Parc de Princes when his contract at the emirates expires in 2014.
According to all the Sports newspapers in France, Italy, and Spain former England manager Fabio Capello has been offered a one-year contract to manage the Ligue 1 Champions.
Currently managing the Russian national team a short term contract would allow the 67-year-old Italian to return to the Russian team for the 2014 World Cup a competition for which they are almost certain to qualify for.
The news that mega rich Paris Saint-Germain have offered Tottenham manager Andres Villa-Boas the job at the Parc des Princes could be too good to turn down for the young Portuguese manager, who has done a great job this season with Tottenham redeeming his reputation after being fired by Chelsea.
The Qatari owned French team have bottomless pockets, and would have no difficulty in paying the £10 million buyout clause it would take for Tottenham to release their manager.
The French Ligue 1 Champions if all the reports are true have lost their current coach Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, a club that has already said they have made Gareth Bale their number one target this summer as newly reelected Los Blanco’s president Florentino Perez looks to build his second galacticos team in the Santiago Bernabéu.
There may be more to this story than just PSG wanting to hire the 35-year-old as their manager with the British tabloid Daily Mail reporting that it is part of a ploy to snatch Gareth Bale from the clutches of Real Madrid by installing AVB as their manager and offering the young Welshman the chance to join the manager he so highly regards in Paris where they expect to challenge for the Champions League next season, while also battling big spending Monaco for the French title.
In a way I would love to see AVB stay at White Hart Lane with Chairman Daniel Levy doing everything he can in order for the north London club to be able to compete with the big spending teams in the Premiership.
Franco Baldini is being brought in from Roma to be the clubs new director of football, and that along with a brand new training facility and plans for a new stadium are all steps in the right direction, I can’t help feeling that no matter how grateful Villas-Boas feels towards Levy the temptation to run a club where he could buy whoever he wanted would be too good an opportunity to turn down, and that faced with the thought of losing Bale, and seeing all the clubs that finished above Tottenham last season brining in top talent will make him leave.
According to the British newspaper the independent newly promoted French Ligue 1 side Monaco are on the verge of making a world-record £85 million offer for Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has two years remaining on his contract with Madrid, and has so far refused to sign a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu where has been for the past four seasons after completing what was then a world record move from current Premier League champions Manchester United.
In fact before today’s news regarding Monaco it was thought that it would be his old club Manchester United that he would return to with the Red Devils reportedly putting together a £65 million deal with Nike to bring the fans favourite back to Old Trafford.
This all to a big turn last night following the news that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said he is ready to offer Ronaldo a salary of £125 million over five years.
Perez when speaking to the press in Spain said: ‘I would bet Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid because it’s the natural thing,’ he told Marca.
‘We will negotiate the new contract before the start of La Liga and I am convinced that everything will come out well.
‘To renew Cristiano before the start of the season is my desire and my ambition. We will do everything possible to make it happen.’
This of course was before all talk of an offer by Monaco for the 28-year-old after having already spent £110 million this summer on Atletico’s Radamel Falcao and Porto’s James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.
Owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev money is not a problem for the principality football team, and the tax advantages never mind being able to live on the French Riviera would be very appealing to almost any footballer.
Even if Monaco decided to offer Ronaldo £5 million a year less than Los Blanco’s it would still work out to be £330,000 per week as Monaco residents pay no tax on their earnings which would make Ronaldo the highest paid footballer in the world.
We will have to wait and see what happens, but one thing is for sure Monaco are not finished spending yet.