Football club Paris St Germain looks to boost Arab popularity

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Qatar-owned Paris St Germain (PSG) football club is eager to sign Arab talent to boost the French team's status in the Middle East, reported on Tuesday.

Chairman of the club, Nasser al-Khulaifi, is targeting the Arab world by seeking to sign Algerian player Soufian Feghouli.

The football star, who currently belongs to Spanish club Valencia, has been “placed high on the club’s transfer list.” Management would make a “solid offer at the right moment,” al-Khulaifi told the Qatar News Agency.

An offer will most likely be in the region of $13 million. Adel Taarabt of the Queen’s Park Rangers can expect a similar offer, according to

The Qatar Investment Authority bought PSG in April of 2011. Since then they have spent $315.12 million to sign players like striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden and Thiago Silva; formerly a Brazil defender.

Despite these heavy investments the club' 2012 campaign ended in a less than satisfactory draw.

Al- Khulaifi is sure that his team will improve however.

“Winning the Champions League is not easy. What Chelsea did last season was impressive but it took them nine years to win it,” Al-Khulaifi said last month, referring to the successful London based football club.

“Of course we want to win the Champions League one day but we are realistic, it takes time,” he said to Reuters in an interview.
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