Signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva would be the catalyst for Paris Saint-Germain to become one of the major clubs in world football.
Their Qatari owners have been pumping cash into the Parc des Princes ever since they purchased the club just over a year ago and, despite missing out on the Ligue 1 title to surprise winners Montpellier, they are now in the Champions League.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has also been signed this summer, joining compatriot Javier Pastore who was purchased for a French record €39.8million in August of 2011.
Montpellier came from nowhere to win the title last season, operating on a budget of miniscule stature compared to that of the capital’s club, but there will be few expecting a similar outcome next season.
The eventual winners have sold their, and the league’s, top scorer, Olivier Giroud, to Arsenal and their captain, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, is expected to follow him out the door. While third-placed side Lille have lost by far and away their best player in Eden Hazard to the riches of the Premier League and Chelsea.
It will take some effort for any club to deny them the title they are inexorably heading towards – a title that could well lead to the beginning of a dynasty in French football.
Vast millions being spent on transfers will be what turns PSG into a top club in the near future, but it will be the investment in infrastructure at the club that could grow them into a European football powerhouse.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken of the potential that lies in the French capital.
“Paris has such huge potential,” he said in an interview last year.
“Ten to fifteen million people, only one club. Imagine us alone in London being able to pick everybody.
“That is what Paris has basically; the only club of a decent standard, playing at the top level in the city.
“It is quite an amazing situation and so is ideal for investment.”
Wenger’s logic cannot be denied in this case and fans of the club will be licking their lips at the prospect of them exceeding the successes of the mid-90s.
Nicolas Anelka is one of the players to have come through PSG’s youth system, but he was sold to Wenger’s Gunners for a miniscule fee of £500,000, only to make a switch to Real Madrid two years later for a whopping £23million.
Departures of this type would be highly unlikely if the Qatari Investment Authority decide to lay foundations for long-term success at the club, which translates as sparkling training and youth facilities.
PSG are having to pay a heavy price to bring some of the world’s best talent to the club, but it is investment that will eventually legitimise the club’s ambition.
The arrival of Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva shows the world that it is a place the elite can go to ply their trade and in the future where they can be produced.
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