PSG has its first two recruits of the offseason. Barring last-minute disasters, Manuel Ugarte and Marco Asensio will indeed commit to Paris Saint-Germain. Various sources have reported this information, which we are able to confirm. They are currently in the capital, in order to pass the traditional medical examinations. Two players from the Jorge Mendes team, such as Vitinha, Danilo Pereira and Renato Sanches, but also the titis El Chadaille Bitshiabu and Warren Zaire-Emery. The Portuguese agent is obviously in Paris as well.
Aged 22, Ugarte arrives from Sporting CP. Rough defensive midfielder, his transfer will cost € 60 million to Paris-SG, the amount of his release clause. An amount that will be spread over five years and that will not be counted in the Parisian figures until next year. Good news for financial fair play, knowing that Paris is targeted by the financial policeman, even if the overall amount remains substantial. In recent hours, Chelsea seemed to have gained the upper hand, but it was finally PSG who hit the jackpot and put the grapple on the Uruguayan international. The Blues who have tried everything, going so far as to navigate the borders of legality in discussions with the Portuguese club, in vain. Still, contrary to what some sources have indicated, PSG will not pay an annual salary of € 10 million to its future player. "It's much less," we are assured. One thing is certain: Ugarte is part of the club's policy, in search of talented youngsters. And it is a profile that was missing from the Red and Blue. Good pickaxe?
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Free after long years at Real Madrid, the 27-year-old Spanish international attacking midfielder Asensio had reached the end of his contract. He therefore arrives without a transfer fee. A good shot... on paper, even if the former Mallorca player never really imposed himself at Santiago-Bernabeu. He is expected to sign for four years, while it is a lease until 2028 that awaits Ugarte.
Recall that the champions of France will also soon welcome Slovakian international defender Milan Skriniar (28), at the end of his contract at Inter. In the direction of departures, we know that Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos are leaving. This will free up a large place in the payroll, especially since some other departures are expected. For coach Christophe Galtier, it's not official yet, but there's little doubt about it... In recent hours, the hottest track led to Julian Nagelsmann (ex-Bayern), who could have Thierry Henry as his assistant.
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For the rest, the tracks are already numerous as far as arrivals are concerned. Here and there, we talk about Lucas Hernandez (Bayern), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Victor Osimhen (Napoli), Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt), Harry Kane (Tottenham) or Marcus Thuram (M'Gladbach). Non-exhaustive list. In the meantime, the big manoeuvres have already started for Luis Campos and Paris-SG. After a disappointing 2022-23 season, there is no time to lose.