Ligue 1 big spenders set sights on England international pair.
ENGLAND ace Frank Lampard is on the brink of joining a mega rich French club – who are also targeting Wayne Rooney.
The move to Paris Saint- Germain would reunite Lamps with ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian, now leading PSG backed by £37BILLION of Arab oil money, is also a huge fan of Rooney, said to be ready to leave Manchester United after falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Paris club is owned by the Qatar Investment Authority. They are looking at midfielder Lamps, 33, and striker Rooney, 26, as a winning combination. And the Wags are likely to be thrilled by the prospect of a place in Paris.
PSG are one of only a handful of clubs who could afford the Premier League’s big earners. Ancelotti said: “Everyone goes for Lionel Messi of Barcelona but I would take Rooney. He puts his talent out to the rest of the team.”
But he is contracted to Old Trafford until 2015. The French league leaders may have to match or beat his present earnings of £200,000 a week.
The transfer fee is likely to shatter the British record set by Fernando Torres’s £50million move from Liverpool to Chelsea a year ago.
SOURCE: The People
French sources suggest that PSG’s owners are ready to bankroll an offer worth around £70m to secure the signings of the Man United striker and Chelsea veteran. Indeed the Parc des Princes side are very much considered Ligue 1’s answer to Man City and having brought in a more high profile boss in the form of Carlo Ancelotti, who last month replaced Antoine Kombouare, the club’s Qatari owners may feel they have a chance of pulling off some big name buys.
However given that Man United and Rooney came out so definitively against the Independent story that stated that the England international would be ‘allowed to’ leave a move to PSG would seem most unlikely, despite the high price that the French side is said to be willing to fork out.
Ancelotti has been brought in initially to help secure PSG’s first domestic title in almost two decades but the long term plans appear to aim in the direction of being genuine Champions League title contenders and such hopes will cost a great deal of money.
Last summer PSG invested over £80m to bring in the likes of Javier Pastore, Kevin Gameiro and Blaise Matuidi, to name just three of nine new signings.