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Report: PSG to dodge FFP by signing Mbappe on loan, sending Moura to Monaco

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Paris Saint-Germain’s fight to win a UEFA Champions League will receive a major boost from its main Ligue 1 rivals.

Reigning champions AS Monaco have been frustrated by phenomenal and combative forward Kylian Mbappe seeking a move to join Neymar at PSG. Mbappe was reportedly kicked out of Monaco training this week.

That move is very difficult for PSG to pull off thanks to Financial Fair Play; Les Parisiens spent more than $260 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona.

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The way around it? Sky Sports says Monaco will reportedly loan Mbappe to PSG with an agreement to sell the 18-year-old striker permanently after this season. PSG midfielder Lucas Moura would go the other way for this season.

If that rings a bit hollow to those who’d like to see FFP work against massive clubs stockpiling talent, it should; This is hardly any different from spending all the money in one window when considering that Mbappe would join Neymar and Edinson Cavani effective this season.

Incredibly, Sky also has the notion that PSG will bring Fabinho to the Parc des Princes (Yes, from Monaco).

If Mbappe ends up in Paris — forget Fabinho for a second — PSG would be favored to get past its UCL quarterfinals blockade (Les Parisiens were eliminated in the Round of 16 last season by Barcelona after four-straight quarterfinal ousters).

Lucas Moura’s agent says he is unhappy at PSG but unlikely to be sold

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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Lucas Moura is unhappy in his current situation, according to his agent, but is unlikely to make a move due to his contract situation.

“He loves Paris, loves PSG but has had problems, has not played, is a little unhappy with the fact of not playing,” said Wagner Ribeiro, Lucas’s agent. “He often complains.”

However, Ribeiro continued to say “I think he will stay” citing the fact that the 23-year-old’s contract runs through the summer of 2019, leaving the player with little control over his future.

Lucas played in 35 Ligue 1 matches this season and 54 across all competitions – both numbers the highest of the entire PSG squad. However, those numbers are slightly deceiving given that he started just 25 times in Ligue 1 play, and of those 25, he was withdrawn by manager Laurent Blanc 15 times, leaving him with an average minutes played of just 64 minutes per appearance. It was the same story in the Champions League and Coupe de la Ligue as well. He appeared in all nine of PSG’s Champions League matches, but logged just 183 total minutes over those nine games. Lucas managed the full 90 in the Round of 16 cup match against St. Etienne, but only received 117 minutes over the next three games.

This is nothing new for Lucas, who averaged 65 minutes per appearance in Ligue 1 play last season – and 62 minutes per appearance in all competitions – before the Brazilian signed a 4-year contract extension last summer, saying, “For me, playing here is a source of great pride. I hope to continue helping my team win more and more trophies. My dream is to become a part of the club’s history.” That contract leaves him with little ability to force a move, with the club in control.

Despite PSG’s likely reluctance to sell, it’s possible that teams with lots of transfer business to come such as Liverpool, Manchester United, or Manchester City could inquire about his services, and expect to see his name pop up every so often.

WATCH: Zidane and Beckham vs. Bale and Moura in new adidas ad

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Ever want to see two former world-class players in street clothes take on a pair of youngsters in their prime all enclosed in a mansion?

No? Well you do now.

Thanks to adidas’s new commercial, filmed by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, we can now see what it would be like if old-timers David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane sparked up an impromptu match against Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura inside Beck’s house.

Beckham’s trophy case is sacrificed for our entertainment when Bale and Zidane blast it to smithereens, but oddly enough Beckham isn’t phased when his chandelier becomes the final victim at the end.

Bale felt bad about destroying the England legend’s house, tweeting afterwards that he may not be allowed back anytime soon:

At least he had fun!

One side note, Moura has a weird laugh, as seen in the beginning while he and Bale are playing FIFA, one that has the potential to get insanely annoying.

adidas has become the latest apparel company to step up to the plate after Nike set the bar pretty high with their quality World Cup ads.

Massive French battle on tap for the weekend: Can Monaco topple PSG?

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It’s money versus money, and it may very well decide Ligue 1. In fact, the way Paris Saint-Germain has looked so far this year, even a decisive AS Monaco win this Sunday at Stade Louis II may not be enough.

But, goodness will it be fun to watch.

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PSG has a roster loaded for bear and have lost just once in 23 Ligue 1 matches this season, boasting a record of 16W-6D-1L. Their high-flying attack — lead by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura — is a huge problem for defenses, but their miserly defending has been superb. Ligue 1 squads have managed just 15 goals against PSG, which has pitched 12 clean sheets.

And yet, for all those marks on their ledger, PSG has a mere five-point lead on new big spenders AS Monaco. Promoted just last season, Les Rouge et Blanc has allowed just one more goal than their Sunday rivals. And while they haven’t been as high-scoring, especially with Radamel Falcao out, Monaco still has plenty worth fearing. In addition to nine-goal man Emmanuel Riviere,  there’s new loanee Dimitar Berbatov and Colombia wizard James Rodriguez.

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Monaco captain Eric Abidal says it’s all about stopping Zlatan, and it’s hard to argue that point. But the names that will flash across the screen while monitoring this game may shock those who pity or ignore the French game: Alex, Carvalho, Thiago Silva, Mountinho, Cabaye… the list goes on and on.

If there’s a time to watch French football… it’s Sunday. If you’re looking for a prediction, I’ve got one for you: 1-1, with Rodriguez matching Cabaye/Zlatan.

Cavani double helps Ibra-less Paris Saint-Germain cruise past Lorient

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No Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no problem. In fact, without the icon, Paris Saint-Germain got a chance to show off some somewhat forgotten talents against visiting Lorient, with Lucas Moura and Jérémy Menez putting Ligue 1‘s leaders up two by the 40th minute. Add in a  brace from Edinson Cavani, and the Parisians had another one-sided result, dismissing les Merlus 4-0 at the Parc de Princes.

It was the fourth time in six league games PSG had won by three or more, and while a few close games are interspersed in that run (2-1 over Marseille; 2-2 with Saint-Etienne), Laurent Blanc’s team have displayed a gear they never quite achieved last year under Carlo Ancelotti.

While that team won the French first division for the third time in club history, this one’s threatening to do so in style. Through 12 rounds the team is still undefeated (8-0-4), scoring 24 goals while conceding only seven times. Though Monaco and Lille are close behind at the top of the table, PSG’s putting pressure on them to keep up. This team seems poised to pull away at a moment’s notice.

Laurent Blanc deserves a lot of the credit, even if this space has cast our share of doubts on PSG’s first-year boss. The former Bordeaux man, however, has emphasized a possession game that’s helped produce these one-sided affairs. On Friday, PSG maintained 62 percent of the ball, two ticks below their league-best average (64.1 perfect). The 16.7 shots they’re averaging are three more than the league’s second-best mark.

That attack started today’s scoring in the third minute when a cross from Lucas Digne found Lucas Moura even with the far post. The Brazilian waited for the looping ball to fall to his right foot before blasting the day’s opening goal past Fabien Audard, beating the Lorient keeper from just outside the six-yard box.

Marco Veratti set up Menez for the second, giving PSG a 2-0 lead before Edinson Cavani moved to the top of the league’s scoring charts, heading into an abandoned net to send PSG into half up 3-0. Late the second, a tap in allowed the Uruguayan to complete his double for two yards out, his ninth goal of the year passing Monaco’s Radamel Falcao for the top spot in Ligue 1.

And to think: This was a somewhat shorthanded PSG team. Ibrahimovic is nursing a knee problem, while Ezequiel Lavezzi and Blaise Matuidi came off the bench. Maxwell and Gregory van der Weil sat out. Thiago Silva is still out injured. Yet Blanc’s side still ran out 4-0 winners, their early goal allowing them to pass their way through 90 drama-free minutes.

Against a Lorient side struggling in 17th, perhaps that shouldn’t be a huge surprise. But that doesn’t make PSG’s performance any less outstanding, and it doesn’t mean PSG aren’t making progress. Whereas last year they were champions, this year they have a chance to be great. Friday’s performance was just the latest hint of their potential.