Teams want to beat "ogre" PSG

Marseille's sporting director Jose Anigo believes Ligue 1 teams will be desperate to defeat the "ogre" of big-spending Paris St Germain this season.

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PSG have launched a major spending spree since being taken over by Qatar Sports Investments last summer, and after being pipped to last season's title by Montpellier they have raised the stakes further ahead of the new campaign.

AC Milan pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have arrived for a combined fee reported to be in excess of 60million euros (£47million) and other reported targets include Real Madrid's Kaka, Tottenham's Luka Modric, Palermo defender Federico Balzaretti and Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti.

Anigo told French radio station RTL: "Is it good for French football? I don't know.

"What is bizarre is to see a French team with almost no French players in their team, or in the starting XI anyway.

"We must all combine our might to try to fight against the Parisian ogre. They will have to get used to even low-profile games becoming like big cup ties for them.

"That could be difficult for them because teams will raise their game against them."

While PSG continue to splash the cash with reckless abandon, Anigo acknowledges the need for other teams to balance their books - particularly with the advent of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

In OM's case, that could mean the exit of either Spain full-back Cesar Azpilicueta or Cameroon utility man Stephane M'bia in order to fund their own summer recruitment.

"Everyone is forced to sell before buying and it could be either M'bia or Azpi," he said.

"Azpi has the profile to join a big club. Either he will go to a big club or he will stay here.

"It's hard because today clubs have to count their money. If we had the money to pay (Le Havre striker Ryan) Mendes he would be at OM, the same for (Lille midfielder) Marvin Martin."



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