PSG keen on Thuram
Paris St Germain are hoping to tempt Lilian Thuram back to France this summer.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 03/06/08 5:21pm
Paris St Germain are hoping to lure Lilian Thuram back to France this summer.
The veteran centre-half has spent the last 12 years abroad taking in spells with Parma, Juventus and Barcelona but could be tempted for one last challenge in Ligue 1.
The 36-year-old will be out of contract at Barca over the summer and PSG are keen to bolster their defence after enduring a dreadful 2007/08 campaign, in which they only narrowly avoided relegation from the French top flight.
Thuram is thought to be open to a move to the French capital and refused to rule out the possibility of joining Paul Le Guen's side when questioned ahead of his involvement in this summer's European Championship.
"We will have to wait and see where I go next season," he said.
"I may end my career at the end of the Euros, you never know. But I want to carry on playing.
"A return to France? Anything is still possible."
Not content with attempting to lure one French legend to Parc des Princes, PSG are also believed to be keen on Chelsea's holding midfielder Claude Makelele.
The former Real Madrid man has only one year left to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge and the Parisians are hoping that the Blues will want to cash in on the 35-year-old while they still can.
One problem which could scupper PSG's ambitious plans is the fact that Thuram and Makelele would demand salaries which sit above the club's wage structure, and are unlikely to be willing to accept substantial reductions in income.