Arsenal defender William Gallas offered return to France with PSG

30 March 2010 02:03
In limbo: Gunners defender Gallas

Paris Saint-Germain hope to tempt William Gallas back to France when the Arsenal defender's contract runs out at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old will be available on a free transfer this summer if he cannot agree a new deal with the Gunners.

Roma, managed by his former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, are also keen, but Arsene Wenger is determined to hold on to his experienced centre-half.

Wenger is encouraging his club to break their policy of only offering one-year extensions to players over 30, but the trade-off is believed to be that Gallas must swallow a significant cut in his £80,000-a-week wages.

Wenger is ready to offer Gallas a deal until 2012 if the player cuts £30,000 off his weekly pay, with the shortfall made up by bonuses.

Months of talks have brought no agreement, which has encouraged PSG to make a move.

Club official Bruno Skropeta recently met the player in Saint-Raphael, where Gallas was recovering from a calf strain, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

But the Ligue 1 club are also unlikely to meet his current salary and would instead rely on the allure of France being strong enough to tempt the former Marseille player. 

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