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Scot Munroe On August - 16 - 2011

The Italian Revolution Of Paris St-Germain

In May of this year Qatar Investment Authority bought 70% of the capital of French Football club Paris Saint-Germain, this was to develop owner presence in Europe. Over a month later it had emerged that both Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan had held talks for Leonardo to be sporting director of the French Club not long after it was announced that Leonardo had been confirmed as the sporting director at the club.

With an almost unlimited transfer budget and Leonardo at the helm to help Paris St-Germain boss Antoine Kombouare pick out the best talent to establish his squad can PSG turn out to be the Manchester City of Ligue 1.

Earlier in the summer PSG made their first signing with the French goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez. After spending three year with Rennes he decided that a fresh challenge was needed and rejected a new deal to sign for the Capital-based club on a free transfer. It was expected that he would be number one after Gregory Coupet announced his retirement from football at the end of last season but that wasn’t so as PSG signed another keeper.

Raiding Italy for the first time, it was Palermo keeper Salvatore Sirigu Leonardo brought to Paris. It was announced that Palermo were paid around £3.5m for the Italian keeper. The main reason Sirigu left for PSG is seemingly all down to wages, a massive stumbling block that forced him out of the club. Sirgiu wanted to double his wages to around £500,000 and President Maurizio Zamparini was  in no mood to grant the request of the goalkeeper.

On the same day that Salvatore Sirigu was announced at PSG, another player from Italy also joined the club. Mali international Mohammed Sissoko from Juventus for a fee of £7m after finding himself surplus to requirements as the Turin club added three central midfielders - Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Michele Pazienza - to their squad earlier in the summer. With this transfer of Sissoko PSG have bolstered their own midfield and it looks like it will add some much needed bite and steel as well.

PSG have continued the spending with a £3.5m outlay for Serbian defender Milan Bisevac from Valenciennes on a three year deal. Bisevac will partner the highly rated Mohammed Sakho at the heart of the central defence, once again strengthening the side.

On the same day PSG announced a double swoop of Jeremy Menez from Roma and Blaise Matudi from St-Etienne with both players signing three year deals. The fee for Menez was believed to be around £8m and Matudi around £10m. Menez adds flair and artistry to the squad either playing off a striker or on either wing while Matudi - who was trailed by Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for some time - will play alongside Momo Sissoko.

The striker that the club was in serious need of finally arrived, securing the talented Kevin Gamiero from Lorient. The fee is around £15m for one of French footballs hottest talents of last season. Gamiero excelled at Lorient and after three years at the club he seeked a fresh challenge, PSG missed out on him last season but he will add a genuine threat to the attack.

Next came the most surprising arrival, the superstar player PSG chased all summer, a name to get the club at the forefront of peoples minds. Palermo president Maurizo Zamparini had agreed to sell Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore for a fee of around £43m. Courted by a number of clubs during the summer, it was down to two clubs to capture the playmaker as Chelsea pushed hard before PSG sealed the deal. Many say the player is lacking some ambition by not joining Chelsea and choosing to go to PSG but followers of French Football can clearly say that Javier Pastore is joining a very exciting project in Paris.

With a very strong defence and midfield, an attack which will cause a lot defenders problems, PSG will be one of the teams in France and Europe to watch with this exciting project that they are building.

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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