PSG and Monaco prepare for battle of big-spenders
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Paris St Germain will start strong favourites to retain their Ligue 1 crown but a rocky summer, a new manager and the money being splurged on transfers by Monaco mean the plot has been thickened considerably as the season looms. No sooner had they won a first title in 19 years than coach Carlo Ancelotti made public his wish to join Real Madrid. After several big-name snubs, former France national manager Laurent Blanc, by no means a first-choice for the Qatari-backed club, was appointed after limited experience with Bordeaux.
Shortly after sporting director Leonardo, the man behind last summer's signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, resigned, saying he could no longer do his job because of a 13-month ban for pushing a referee. Leonardo's farewell offering though was engineering the signing of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli for a French record fee of 64 million euros ($84.74 million) and his partnership with Ibrahimovic promises to be one of the most formidable in Europe.
Ibra is tall and strong but he's also able to play deeper in a playmaking role. Last season, it was the case and we often were missing someone in the box," Leonardo told daily Le Parisien.
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