With money to spare, Paris Saint-Germain apparently wants to spend on its women’s program the same way it has spent so lavishly to attract top talent to the once-marquee Ligue 1 men’s club.
Well, relatively speaking, anyway.
Clearly, not even the most decorated women’s player is going to approach the price required to gather up more men’s talent at Parc des Prince. PSG paid a whopping $140 million combined in transfer fees for just three players in the recently closed market (Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva from Milan and Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli).
So, nothing like that.
But they are making solid, aggressive plays in the women’s game in an effort to compete with the likes of French rival Lyon.
Speaking of Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas, owner and chairman of Olympique Lyonnais, says he expects PSG to soon coming courting Hope Solo, the U.S. goalkeeper who runs to the publicity light like a moth.
Solo has played in Europe before, once in Sweden and shortly (in 2005) for Lyon.
So, yes, Paris seems like a fine fit.