Carlo Ancelotti has included two Premier League strikers in a €100million (Dh485,593m) summer reinforcement list for Paris Saint-Germain.
According to well-positioned sources, the former Chelsea manager is interested in bringing either Edin Dzeko or Luis Suarez to Ligue 1 as part of the Qatar-owned club's strategy to establish themselves as Uefa Champions League contenders.
Dzeko, a €32m acquisition from Wolfsburg in January 2011, appears the more attainable. It is understood Manchester City are prepared to listen to offers for the Bosnia international, who is available for transfer after a frustrating season in which Roberto Mancini has granted the 26 year old just 16 Premier League starts. Dzeko is thought to be ready to re-establish himself elsewhere.
Suarez, 25, has endured a troubled season at Liverpool, receiving an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Patrice Evra, the Manchester United captain.
Liverpool's failure to qualify for the Champions League, their limited summer transfer budget, and Suarez's close friendship with PSG centre back Diego Lugano are all factors in a potential bid.
Ancelotti is also said to be interested in two Spanish-based strikers. Gonzalo Higuain, the France-born Argentina international, who is unhappy with his status as second-choice centre forward at Real Madrid, is one. The other is Robert Soldado, a scorer of three goals in his first three internationals for Spain and currently playing for financially troubled Valencia.
PSG, whose transfer negotiations are led by their sporting director Leonardo, are said to be focussing their investment on players in their early to mid-twenties. Bought by the Qatar Investment Authority in the summer of 2011, their owners sanctioned a French record spend of €108m on transfers in the last two windows and are likely to again provide substantial additional funds for player wages.
Ancelotti is also understood to be keen to recruit two new defenders and a creative midfielder. A concern for PSG is if the French presidential candidate Francois Hollande wins the elections and implements a proposal to tax income over €1m at 75 per cent. At present, French clubs are kept competitive with their European rivals by the "Bouclier Fiscal" which caps taxes at 50 per cent of all taxable income.
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