Soccer-PSG and Monaco prepare for battle of big-spenders (Reuters)

By Gregory Blachier PARIS, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain will start strong favourites to retain their Ligue 1 crown but a rocky summer, a new manager and the money being splurged on transfers by Monaco mean the plot has been thickened considerably as the season looms. No sooner had they won a first title in 19 years than coach Carlo Ancelotti made public his wish to join Real Madrid. After several big-name snubs, former France national manager Laurent Blanc, by no means a first-choice for the Qatari-backed club, was appointed after limited experience with Bordeaux. …

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