Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has admitted that he'll definitely be forced to sell players before the January transfer window closes, putting a whole host of top Premier League on red alert over long-term targets.
Blanc is still dealing with the fallout from a mid-season nightmare for the French champions, with unsettled duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani missing a winter training camp in Morocco before reporting lack back for training in Paris earlier this month.
Lavezzi and Cavani are just two of the players being monitored closely by Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool with a view to blockbuster mid-season business, with Blanc doing very little to dampen speculation with his frank admission to the press earlier today.
PSG are prepared to sell at the right price
In his pre-match press conference for a Ligue 1 clash with Evian the experienced is quoted by the Express as telling Mundo Deportivo: "There will certainly be exits out of PSG in the winter market."
When asked directly about Cavani and Lavezzi's conduct Blanc responded: "Nothing is forgotten. They are two important players, we did what we had to do. They must accept their stupidity."
Lavezzi in Valencia talks?
Argentine livewire Lavezzi would represent an astute signing for any leading European club looking for energy, vibrancy and technical quality in the final third, but despite strong interest from Liverpool and Chelsea its La Liga side Valencia who currently lead the race for his signature.
Valencia officials have met PSG over a potential bargian £8 million deal, but there's still time for any rivals to hijack those negotiations at this stage.
Cavani, Pastore and Rabiot also on their way?
Blanc clearly has problems on his hands and will spend the next fortnight trying to stop a clutch of talented players leaving the Parc des Princes, including much sought-after striker Cavani.
Real Madrid and United are just two of the clubs who would jump at the chance to make Cavani their star striker rather than Zlatan Ibrahimovic's foil in France, but it would take mega money to put that deal together before the end of season.
Far more likely is the loan exit of Rabiot, who has been consistently liked with Tottenham Hotspur.
It promises to be an interesting fortnight for Blanc, who is spinning plates in an effort to stop things falling apart for a club with aspirations to be genuine contenders for the Champions League sooner rather than later.
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