French transfer news: October 25th
As was posted on here a few days ago with Franck Ribery, the transfer market talk is already starting up.
Update on the Ribery situation, Sky Sports reports that Robinho is no longer being target by Barcelona. That is according to the Spanish club itself.
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes gave Barca a ‘hands off’ warning in regards to Robinho back in the summer. And Barca say that they have not worked with Man City on any offer for the Brazilian since that warning. And according to Sky Sports, Hughes insists that Man City still have no intention on moving the striker, even though Robinho said to the press recently that he would like to see a move to Barcelona.
This gives more meat to the report that Franck Ribery is looking more toward a transfer to a Spanish club. Barcelona have already stated that they are interested in Ribery, trying to beat Real Madrid to the Frenchman.
In Bordeaux, the Marouane Chamakh talk is starting again. The striker’s contact with Bordeaux ends next summer, and club owner Nicolas de Tavernost stated that he would like for Chamakh to stay with the club for at least one more year. Still, while there is talk about Chamakh moving to a bigger club, there is no clue to what that bigger club might be just yet.
Still, a few months ago, Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc said that he had no intention of transferring Chamakh during the winter, especially if they are in a championship run. But, if he refuses to sign a contract, maybe it is the best for the team to let him go.
Stephane Sessegnon also said to Sky Sports that he has been approached by British clubs in the last year, but has decided to stay in France for a number of reasons.
“I decided to stay in PSG because I have a lot to learn before coming to a very big league and another big club in a country I can’t speak the language of,” said Sessegnon to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports also report that Sessegnon said that he is in to rush to move to any team and is happy at PSG. So, you can take Stephane Sessegnon off your possible transfers for 2009-2010.
Patrick Vieira, according to the Sunday Mirror, is being targeted by West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola. Vieria said earlier in the month that he was going to switch clubs, and that he has no intention of continuing playing for Inter Milan, where is has only played six times.
He also feels that he needs to be on a team where he will have a starting role, unlike at Inter where he is surplus, so he can make a case for being put back on the French National Team.
Therefore, Vieria won’t be in an Inter jersey, and West Ham are looking like the favorites as of now. But, according to ESPN, Paris St-Germain are also expected to make a move for the midfielder.
So, a recap…Sessegnonis staying in Ligue 1, we have no idea what is going on with Chamakh, and Ribery will not play in Germany next year. The question is where he will play. And Vieria will be moving, and England and France are the front-runners.