PSG’s excellent transfer window goes on after confirming the signings of Sergio Ramos & Achraf Hakimi last week. Rumors are also speculating that the French club has already signed papers with AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma. Donnarumma will arrive at Paris after the European Championship ends on Sunday to announce his arrival. On Thursday Ramos completed his medicals in Paris.
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The Spainard signed for free this summer after his 16 years of service in Madrid ended last month. The center back joined the Parisians after he failed to agree with a new deal at Santiago Bernabeu. He will team up with fellow summer arrivals Gini Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi. Hakimi arrived at Pairs from Inter at a transfer fee of about €60m while Wijnaldum arrived for free. Hakimi signed a five-year deal with the club.
“After Spain, Germany and Italy, Paris Saint-Germain offers me the chance to discover a new championship with one of the most prestigious clubs in the world,” Hakimi added. The Morocco international is one of the players leaving Inter as part of the Italian champions.
“We are part of a club that wants to win everything,” Ramos said as he arrived in his new surroundings. “After that, football is not an exact science, there are always details that make you win or lose a match…
“But we have to give our best to not have any regrets, to give everything on the pitch, as that’s also what defines this team and this club. We always have to aim big. We are here to give everything and win everything.”
Ramos signed a two-year deal with the Parisians with a salary of €12m per year.
Ramos spent 16 years at Madrid, playing 671 games and winning five league titles and four European Cups, but he was unable to reach an agreement with the president, Florentino Pérez, to extend his deal.
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The centre-half missed most of the second half of last season after a series of muscle injures and a knee problem that required surgery and has played seven games for Madrid and Spain in 2021. That led to his omission from his country’s Euro 2020 squad but PSG are confident in his fitness.
And as PSG capture a man who is, in president Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s words, “one of the greatest players of our era”, they are arming themselves to do just that.
Backed by the Qatari state via owners Qatari Sports Investments, the Ligue 1 side have done their best to plead poverty over the course of recent months, but what has become apparent is that this is very much a relative term. Perhaps Al-Khelaifi does not currently have the financial muscle behind him to sign players for €200m, but as clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Milan suffer the effects of the economic shock caused by coronavirus, the Parisians have the luxury of being on a more robust financial footing.
PSG are also hoping to extend the Everton striker Moise Kean’s loan by another season but are waiting for a decision from the Premier League club.
PSG ended 2nd last season in Ligue 1. Lille won the league on the final day of the campaign. PSG lost both legs in the Champions league semi finals against Manchester City. After a frustrating season the French club will be looking to fill up the voids in the squad and enhance their chances of clinching titles once again.