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PSG Manager Carlo Ancelotti Reportedly Pegged as Real Madrid's Next Manager

MONTBELIARD, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 17:  Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of Paris Saint-Germain FC looks on prior to the French League 1 football match between FC Sochaux-Montbeliard and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stade Auguste Bonal on February 17, 2013 in Montbeliard, France.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2013

In today's "so crazy it might just work" category, Carlo Ancelotti allegedly has a handshake agreement to join Real Madrid over the summer and depart Paris Saint-Germain.

According to a report by Ronan Folgoas of Le Parisien, a move to Spain is in the works for Ancelotti:

At the same time, Ancelotti, who has always spent his career as a player and a coach without the help of an agent, received calls insistent foot from Real Madrid. But no concrete offer much more than a handshake. "It is a kind of verbal agreement has been agreed with Real," says a close friend of Ancelotti. "Both sides, we said we wanted to work together next season."

In addition, three English clubs are also evident for probing the Italian technician: Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. Nothing specific this time, but enough to feed the idea of starting at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Gavin Brown of the Metro reports Jose Mourinho would then swap places with Ancelotti and take over as PSG's manager.

At this point, these are still rumors. Intriguing rumors for sure, but until we hear more concrete evidence that these moves will take place, fans of PSG or Real Madrid shouldn't consider any sort of swap a done deal.

Obviously, Mourinho is still employed by Real Madrid, and while the team is currently 16 points behind first-place Barcelona in La Liga play, there isn't any concrete evidence that he'll get sacked by the end of the year.

Real Madrid still has the chance to earn a trophy in the Copa Del Rey or Champions League, after all. Still, this could end up being a very intriguing summer for some of the top managers in the game, including Mourinho.

We already know that Pep Guardiola is off to Bayern Munich this summer, and it's always possible Roberto Mancini may be lured away from Manchester City. It's also possible Mancini could be sacked if City finish trophy-less this season.

If nothing else, this keeps PSG in the news in European soccer. After landing Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura this summer, the team went ahead and brought David Beckham aboard in January.

Surely the pursestrings will open again this summer, and just imagine if they add a manager swap to their offseason dealings?

Things could get very interesting in Paris this summer. Could. For now, these are simply rumors.

 

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