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This André Villas-Boas to Paris Saint-Germain link makes more sense by the day

Jun 17, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

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It’s been less then 12 hours since we last discussed this issue, but with new details emerging today (or, last night, by the byline on this Guardian report), it seems the André Villa-Boas-to-Paris Saint-Germain link is intensifying. That, or people just started paying attention to it. Regardless, the move makes sense for both the Parisians and an ambitious coach who’d be moving to a club with matching aspirations. Not that Tottenham lacks ambition, but fifth-place is what it is. If Villas-Boas can get over turning his back on Spurs after one season, something that didn’t seem to trouble him as he left Porto, a move to France makes sense.

Does that mean it’s time to start thinking of possible replacements at White Hart Lane? Not yet, but given what we know, Daniel Levy might need to revisit last year’s managerial search.

Villas-Boas, according to Dominic Fifield’s reporting, has a buy-out in his contract at Tottenham, a deal that runs for two more years. If PSG come up with $15.7 million (£10 million), they can get the 35-year-old Portuguese out of his deal.

On Villas-Boas’s choice:

It remains to be seen whether Villas-Boas, who has been on holiday, is indeed tempted to swap the Premier League for Paris having recently expressed a desire to start a second season at the same club for the first time. His, after all, has been a whirlwind managerial career to date having already taken in spells at Académica, Porto and 256 days at Chelsea. Yet the prospect of taking over at one of the richest clubs in world football may yet prove too enticing, and reports in France have even suggested PSG, backed by the lavish wealth of the Qatar Investment Authority, would aspire to reunite Gareth Bale with the Portuguese should his appointment be secured.

We’ll double back on Gareth Bale later, with PSG one of three big clubs linked with the Spurs winger over the last two days. For now, let’s stick with “AVB.”

Paris Saint-Germain is already in contact with Villas-Boas’s agent, Carlos Goncalves, though nobody will know where the Spurs’ boss stands until he returns from vacation. At which time …

Well, it doesn’t look great for Spurs. Having been spurned on Anzhi Makhachkala’s Guus Hiddink (blessing in disguise), PSG seem to be focusing their pursuit on Villas-Boas, and with good reason. Aside from those firmly established, coaching elites who are all firmly entrenched in jobs, Villas-Boas is as promising a coach as the Parisians could get. And as we’ve seen with the numerous transfer targets they’ve lured to the Parc de Princes, PSG have a way to enticing talents to Paris.

With all the benefits PSG can offer (financial, competitive, lifestyle), all that remains is assessing how attached Villas-Boas is to Spurs or England.

  1. jaxhotspur11 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I think AVB learned from his tenure at Chelski that you can’t impose a new system on a team of highly paid veteran players without a proper track record of success. What he did at Porto was nice, but not enough to convince that class of player to trust his managerial skills. Going to PSG would be the same mistake he made when going to work for the Russian mobster. He shouldn’t go to a massive club until he has enough credibility to get respect from the top players.

    He needs to build something at Spurs. He needs to win something at Spurs. He needs to achieve top 4 in the PL to get to the CL. He needs to win a trophy. He needs to be able to say, “’Arry made Chicken Salad out of Chicken $h!+. But I made Chicken Marengo out of Chicken Salad.” That’s gonna take a couple years.

    If he’s smart he’ll use this situation as leverage to get assurances from Levy that they will keep Bale for one more year, acquire a couple strikers, add another box-to-box midfielder, and get a couple other key pieces so that everybody’s ambitions can be met over the next couple seasons.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Bale and AVB to PSG – someday I’ll watch the movie version on my DVD – for now I’ll have to put Fox Soccer News on DVR – and hope that some great players stick around in the BPL. SMH

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