(ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 1 - Waiting for the European Championship
in Poland and Russia to start, possibly leading to the birth of
new stars, the transfer market has already been opened. The big
European clubs are in fact looking out for stars for the new
season. The economic crisis is having a negative impact on the
market, but new money is being pumped into European football,
mainly by Russian and Arab magnates.
This trend is led by emir Al-Thani from Qatar, who will not
accept second place in his second year as head of Paris Saint
Germain, he wants the French title and the Champions League. To
reach these goals he is ready to give the Italian coach Carlo
Ancelotti all the stars he wants. The first new arrival will be
Lavezzi, the Argentinean midfielder playing for Napoli who will
reportedly be bought for 26 million euros. An apartment on the
Champs Elysee is already waiting for Lavezzi, as well as a
salary of almost five million euros per year. But PSG will not
stop there, the club is also after two Brazilian stars currently
playing for Milan: defender Thiago Silva and attacker Pato.
Chelsea is also on the lookout for new blood, having to defend
its Champions League title next season. Waiting for the decision
on coach Roberto Di Matteo, who may not be asked to stay despite
winning the Champions League, Russian magnate Roman Abramovich
has already signed the first contact: the Belgian talent Eden
Hazard arrives at Chelsea from Lille for 40 million euros, while
the player will earn 11 million net per season for four years.
Now Chelsea also need an attacker to replace Drogba, who will
end his career in China. Abramovich is said to be close to a
deal with Hulk, the 25-year-old Brazilian playing for Porto, for
60 million euros.
Malaga, led by sheikh Abdullah Bin-Nasser Al-Thani, cousin of
the owner of PSG, also wants to do well in the Champions League.
In his first year in the Spanish league he reached fourth place
and the team qualified for the preliminary round of the
Champions League. His first move for the coming season is to
replace general director Fernando Hierro. The new director will
probably be Jorge Valdano, former general director of Real
Madrid, who will be asked to strengthen Malaga, enabling the
team to challenge Real and Barcelona.
Real may see Kaka' leave, following in the footsteps of the
Turkish attacker Hamit Altintop, who returns to Turkey after
just one season in Spain to play for Galatasaray. Another Turk
arrives in Spain on the other hand: former Inter midfielder Emre
Belozoglu, who has signed a 2-year contract with Atletico
The first transfers often regard the trainers, who in turn will
pick new players. Liverpool is already ready for the next step,
saying goodbye to the legendary Kenny Daglish and welcoming
Brendan Rodgers, the coach who has led Swansea to a very good
result in the Premiership. Monaco will also get a new trainer
after falling to the French second division. The club has asked
Claudio Ranieri to come back after a poor season with Inter.