Thursday Kickoff: PSG plots double swoop for Milan stars, Forest fires Cotterill, and more

Thursday Kickoff: PSG plots double swoop for Milan stars, Forest fires Cotterill, and more

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Thursday Kickoff: PSG plots double swoop for Milan stars, Forest fires Cotterill, and more

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French powerhouse Paris St. Germain has already spent big money this summer in landing Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli with a €26 million transfer, but the big spenders from Paris have their sights set on even bigger targets.

Reports out of Italy have PSG making a combined €65 million transfer bid for AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Thiago Silva. The transfer, coupled with the wages Milan would remove from their payroll, would make the deal a potential nine-figure windfall for a club struggling financially. On the bright side for Milan, Carlos Tevez is reportedly being lined up to replace Ibrahimovic.

For PSG, the transfer would give the attack another top player to add to Lavezzi and Javier Pastore, and a centerback anchor for the back-line in Silva.

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani did nothing to shoot down the rampant rumors, essentially telling media that anything is possible.

Here are some other stories to get your Thursday going:

NOTTINGHAM FOREST DUMP COTTERILL

It didn't take long for Nottingham Forest's new owners to decide that they needed a new manager to carry out the owners new plans.

With that in mind, Forest has let go of manager Steve Cotterill, with his replacement yet to be chosen.

QUICK KICKS

Rafael van Der Vaart could be headed for a return to Hamburg now that Schalke is no longer interested.

Reading is plotting a £5million transfer bid for Jermain DeFoe.

Rafa Benitez is in the running for the vacant Russian national team coaching job.

Hugo Rodallega's wage demands have cost him a move to Everton.

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What do you think of these developments? See Paris St. Germain being a Champions League contender if they can add Silva and Ibrahimovic? See Forest hiring a high-profile manager?

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