Since the arrival of Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the Qatar Investment Authority in 2011, Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain have been known for one thing: buying. The ambitious club finally won France’s top flight division last year with a star studded roster that included Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Jérémy Ménez, Alex, Mamadou Sakho, Zoumana Camara, Thiago Motta, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Maxwell, Kévin Gameiro, Gregory van der Wiel, Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura, David Beckham, Clément Chantôme, and more. To start the 2013-2014 season, manager Laurent Blanc has already bolstered his squad by acquiring Edinson Cavani, Lucas Digne, Antoine Conte, Mathieu Bodmer, Mohamed Sissoko, and Diego Lugano, just to name a few.
With a torrent of new talent arriving to the French capital, many of Europe’s top clubs are prospecting which of their talented players PSG is willing to let go. Top of the list are club captain Thiago Silva and star striker Zlatan Ibrahimović. Al-Khelaifi is adamant that neither player is for sale as PSG look to successfully defend the Ligue 1 title and conquer Europe’s most prestigious competition: the UEFA Champions League.
However, this has done very little to keep suiters at bay, with Ibrahimović strongly linked to Manchester City and Silva being courted by FC Barcelona.
Common to many transfer sagas, PSG have become angered by Barcelona’s relentless pursuit of their team captain. Speculation of Silva’s proposed move to Catalonia has refused to disappear since surfacing during the last winter transfer window. Earlier in the week, FC Barcelona President Sandro Rossell did little to diffuse the situation by reiterating his interest in Silva and declaring that he was not impressed by the Brazilian center-back’s current club.
Owner Al-Khelaifi has taken particular offense and has vowed to beat Barcelona at their own game. He was quoted by ActuSports.fr as saying, “If Barca pay the buy-out clause of Thiago Silva then I will meet Messi’s buy-out clause!”
The figure on Messi’s buy-out clause is a princely €250million.