Racing-MÃ©tro are preparing to make Matt Giteau the first million Euro rugby player as they try to prise him away from Toulon.
Racing MÃ©tro are preparing to make Matt Giteau the first million euro rugby player as they try to prise him away from Toulon.
The Australian playmaker has been the best player in the Toulon team over the last two seasons, running the show from both fly-half and inside centre.
That would make any move to bitter rivals Racing, a body blow for the current European champions, who are desperate to keep hold of the 31-year-old.
Currently believed to be earning around â‚¬600,000, Giteau would need a considerable pay rise to leave the club because of tax benefits he would lose by moving away from Toulon.
However Racing, who last week confirmed fly-half Jonathan Sexton would return to Leinster at the end of the season, are keen to bring in the Australian to take over as their first-choice fly-half according to the Midi Olympique, offering him â‚¬1M a season to convince him to come.
Giteau is not the only fly-half on Racing's radar, with Dan Carter and RÃ©mi TalÃ¨s also possibilities, however with Giteau's versatility, he and TalÃ¨s could both be brought in by the Parisian club.
The timing makes this move all the more intriguing, with Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti and Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal currently engaged in a war of words over salary cap breaches.
Meanwhile another Australian star could soon be on his way to France, with Quade Cooper apparently considering a lucrative offer with a French club, believed to be Lyon, after negotiations with the ARU stalled.