Transfer market: Chelsea unleashed, club wants Hulk

P. Saint Germain wants Champions League, Lavezzi first pawn

01 June, 16:32

(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 Ezequiel 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 Madrid. 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.

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