The Cutter understands that Paris St Germain’s long-standing interest in Napoli schemer Marek Hamsik has resurfaced after appearing to cool of late. This brought Chelsea into the picture and it is certainly the case that if the Naples club fails to qualify from their Champion’s League group there will be an almighty scramble for the signature of their young midfield star. PSG though are firmly in the driving seat.

In other news the current Ligue 1 leaders’ plans to take Samuel Eto’o on loan from Anzhi Makhachkala for the duration of the Russian winter break appears to have been scuppered despite the player telling Canal+ ‘We will see’ when posed the question.

The Russian moneybags have since instructed their £10m-a-year striker to release a categorical denial to scorch the rumours.