By Chris Wright
After a series of peerless performances at this summer’s World Cup, it should come as no surprise that Paul The Psychic Octopus is attracting interest from right across Europe.
Zoo Aquarium in Madrid have submitted a transfer bid to the Sea Life centre in Oberhausen, Germany where the newly-retired Paul currently resides, but it is rumoured that the clairvoyant cephalopod’s huge wage demands may scupper any potential move.
Amparo Fernandez, a spokeswoman for Zoo Aquarium, said;
“The zoo also guarantees that Paul will receive the best attention, reflecting the great affection in which he is held by all the Spanish people since he predicted that the Spanish team would win the football World Cup.
We hope that within the next few days we will be able to confirm news that the admirable Paul will be part of the club of the most loved and charismatic animals of the Madrid Zoo.”
However Fernandez’ German counterpart Tanja Munzig, who acts as Paul’s official representative, insisted that no contact had been made and that her client was not for sale;
“We are not in contact with Madrid Zoo. And we know nothing about swapping Paul for another animal or him going to Madrid Zoo for a transfer sum.”
Manchester City are also said to be interested.