Jose & Carlo: The Managerial Movements Involving Real, PSG & Spurs
It may only be February, but the managerial merry-go-round is supposedly dusting off the cobwebs and beginning to spin this early in 2013. Reports in French newspaper Le Parisien suggest that Paris St. Germain head coach Carlo Ancelotti has agreed a deal to take over at Real Madrid at the end of the season.
While Les Rouge-et-Bleu currently lead Ligue 1 by three points ahead of title rivals Olympique Lyonnais, the possibility of taking over, arguably, one of football's biggest clubs would be too much to turn down for any manager, regardless of the stature of PSG and the money and personnel available to the Italian.
Furthermore, following the untimely and tragic death of Nick Broad, one of Ancelotti's closest friends, in January, the former Chelsea manager is believed to be considering a new managerial posts outside of the French capital.
His playing style, and the players that would be available to him at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, would be perfectly suited to Real, only strengthening the reports that Carlo is on his way to the Spanish capital.
But where does that leave Jose Mourinho? Their current playing environment is becoming increasingly tumultuous, with the 50-year-old at the forefront of the current ongoings. Dropping 'San' Iker Casillas hardly appeased the fans and playing staff, with the Spain captain and compatriot Sergio Ramos reportedly sending an ultimatum to president Florentino Perez, effectively reading - either he goes, or we do.
Regardless of whether the reports are true or not, Mourinho is looking increasingly likely to depart Madrid this summer. Los Blancos are currently 16 points behind table toppers Barcelona, with only the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League to play for, the former competition of which they play the Blaugrana in the second leg at the Camp Nou next week.
Unappeased by his antics and understandably so, speculation is suggesting that the Portuguese tactician will be shown the Bernabeu exit door at the end of the season, especially if Ancelotti has agreed to take over.
With PSG on the lookout for another manager, should the Italian have agreed to succeed his Portuguese counterpart, it opens the door for, you guessed it, Mourinho to move to Paris. Theoretically, there are only a handful of teams in the world that can afford the former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss, but the Parisian side and Manchester City remain the two that stand out in particular.
However, with City boasting both former Barcelona board members Txiki Begiristain and Roberto Soriano, the likelihood of the Citizens appointing Jose diminishes significantly, leaving just PSG as the likely destination.
The opportunity to ply his trade in Ligue 1 may be one that appeals to Mourinho - a new league with a well established club, not to mention that the Real head coach has reportedly refused to rule out a possible move to France.
One further defining factor could be the calibre of personnel currently available to PSG and most notably Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The powerful Swede has admitted that Mourinho is the best coach he has ever worked under in his autobiography 'I Am Zlatan', despite the pair only being together for one season, and the current PSG talisman further insinuated that he would love to work with Jose again in the future.
With the 31-year-old lighting up Ligue 1, the lure of France could be the much more appealing to Jose. One further player that could be making the move to Paris with him is Cristiano Ronaldo. It's alleged that, regardless of his goalscoring exploits, the 28-year-old is unhappy in Madrid, with rumours amounting of a possible summer move away from Spain.
The relationship with Mourinho could well weigh heavily in his future decision, but it's likely that Real will want to recoup a vast majority of the £80m they paid Manchester United in order to secure his services in 2009, and understandably so.
Again theoretically speaking, there are only two teams that can afford Ronaldo across Europe - City and PSG. While teams in America, Qatar and China would pay through the nose to secure his services, at 28 the physically dominant striker will look to play in Europe.
His United roots all but rule out a move to the Citizens, leaving just PSG as the only conceivable destination, should he leave Real. If Mourinho moves to France, then the move is a possibility. Then again, Los Blancos wouldn't allow their prized asset to leave Spain without an adequate replacement lined up, right?
Enter Tottenham Hotspur, stage right. It's no secret that Gareth Bale has been touted as the next Ronaldo, with some in the media believing the Spurs winger is already better than his Portuguese counterpart, claims that are nonsensical, it has to be said.
Anyway, Madrid's interest in Bale is about as secretive as my intention to spend a night with Mila Kunis and it's highly unlikely that Real will spend big to land the Welshman while Ronaldo is still a vital member of the starting XI, such is their striking similarities in both physique and playing style.
So, Real sell Ronaldo in order to fund a move for Bale, with the current partnership signed between Spurs and the La Liga side last summer a potential defining factor in this. Again, like Los Blancos and Ronaldo, the north London side won't sell unless a replacement is secured.
Well, reports of Angel Di Maria being offered across Europe surfaced on Wednesday and while the Argentine isn't as dominating on the wing as Bale, a like-for-like replacement he most certainly is. Yes, PSG and United are two clubs believed to be battling out for his signature, but it makes logistical sense when you consider who his agent is.
Jorge Mendes currently represents the 25-year-old, while also boasting Mourinho, Ronaldo and Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas as his more headline grabbing clients. This of course opens up a realm of possibility and sees a move become that bit more plausible.
Either way, this massive managerial and transfer merry-go-round could come to fruition if Ancelotti indeed has agreed to become the next head coach of Real. Or, of course, it could be nothing more than a theory, but when taking into consideration the defining factors; it's absolutely not impossible.