Paris Saint-Germain Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6
With the January transfer window now in full swing, top European clubs are on the look out for prospective talent that can add that little something extra in the run-up to the business end of the season.
With PSG fighting on all three fronts, boss Laurent Blanc is sure to be keeping tabs on a number of players that he believes can add to his squad as the French giants attempt to claim the Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Champions League trophies.
Little over three weeks remain in January and transfer gossip surrounding PSG continues to gather pace.
Here is a pick of the news and rumours for Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG to Try Their Luck for Juan Mata in January
A host of top European clubs have been put on alert after Jose Mourinho hinted that Juan Mata could leave Stamford Bridge in January.
The Portuguese manager insisted that there was no room for sentiment when it came to dealings at Chelsea and opened the door to the possible departure of the Spaniard following the New Year's Day victory at Southampton.
As reported by the Daily Star, Mourinho said:
Many times it hurts me, not just with him, with decisions I have to make. But I think to do my job in the best way is to do it thinking the team's more important than any player.
When I have to make a decision, I always try to be a cold one, icy, analyse the situation and try to make the best decision for the team, putting the person secondary.
But yes, it hurts me. He's a good kid, he works hard and it's not an easy situation for him not to be playing every time.
As reported by Jeremy Wilson in The Telegraph, Manchester United, Inter and Napoli are other possible destinations for Mata, who has played far fewer games than he would have hoped this season. With just nine starts in the Premier League during the 2013/14 campaign so far, the playmaker could favour a move elsewhere and it could be his wishes that decide his future.
However, despite interest from a host of clubs, it will surely be the mega-rich Ligue 1 club that will pose the biggest threat of prying Mata away from the Blues.
Laurent Blanc is on the lookout for a creative midfielder and has the funds available—a reported £35 million—to tempt Mourinho into selling the 25-year-old.
Newcastle United Midfielder Yohan Cabaye on PSG's Radar
According to the Independent, Paris Saint-Germain are lining up a second move for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
The Ligue 1 giants are apparently undeterred by an unsuccessful attempt to capture the 27-year-old in the summer and will return for the Frenchman in January.
PSG manager Laurent Blanc has spoken of his admiration for the Magpies captain and has hinted that a move may materialise, but only if the Parisian outfit can offload a few players of their own.
As reported by The Independent, Blanc was quoted as saying:
I have always thought Cabaye was a very good player.
I am very happy with the strength of my squad but there may be movement based on departures.
The speculation will be unwelcome news on Tyneside, with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew having to fend off the advances of Arsenal last summer.
The Gunners placed a £10 million bid during the opening weekend of the season—something which appeared to unsettle Cabaye. But with the bid rejected, the Frenchman continued to perform in a manner with which the Newcastle fans have become familiar and has been in imperious form so far this campaign.
Scoring a number of vital goals along the way—including a winner at Old Trafford—Cabaye has helped the Magpies into the European reckoning but could be persuaded by the Champions League football PSG can offer.
Arsenal's £10 million bid fell well short in the summer, but with the cash-rich French club able to offer more to secure the services of Cabaye, a bid in the region of £20 million may force Pardew into selling his most prized asset.