PSG are moving closer towards securing the signature of Ander Herrera in the next few days. The Spanish international will leave Manchester United once his contract comes to an end on June 30. His free transfer to PSG was agreed a few weeks ago, but the final details will be concluded once he leaves the Red Devils.
The arrival of the 29-year-old will be the first major signing of the summer for PSG, who have also agreed a deal for Pablo Sarabia. Interestingly, both deals have been negotiated to a great extent by former sporting director Antero Henrique.
Unlike Ander Herrera, Sarabia does not come on a free transfer. Instead, the Sevilla midfielder has cost only €22 million considering his low release clause. The 27-year-old brings a wealth of experience but this will be his first stint outside Spanish football. After coming through the ranks at Real Madrid, he made his name at Getafe, where he spent five years. He moved to Sevilla in 2016 for just €1 million. Sarabia has never featured for the Spanish national team despite representing all levels of the Spanish youth teams.
Ander Herrera is a much more established player even if he has featured only two times for the Spanish national team. After moving to Manchester United in the summer of 2014, Herrera quickly became a ‘manager’s’ player after executing tactical moves to perfection. His arrival from Athletic Bilbao cost United £24 million and securing such a player on a free transfer is a steal for PSG.
These two signings will serve to strengthen PSG in the midfield at a time when Adrien Rabiot is likely to leave the club. Further, Leandro Paredes is also set to depart from PSG even though he came to the club will be back in January. Manager Thomas Tuchel is in need of options in the midfield especially after the departure of Moussa Diaby, who has joined Bayer Leverkusen.
Rabiot’s future at PSG is still in the balance as he continues to be linked with a move to Juventus on a free transfer. There have been rumours about PSG offering a contract extension for the 24-year-old, but these only appear to be rumours. Rabiot has played for PSG throughout his career – apart from a short loan spell at Toulouse – after coming through ranks at PSG.
It has been a difficult time for PSG, who have been able to dominate French league football without any trouble. Backed by rich Arab investors, PSG have won the title in six out of the last seven seasons. However, the biggest disappointment for the club has come in the Champions League as they have failed to get past the last 16 round in the last three campaigns. Previously, the club were knocked out in the quarter-final stage in four consecutive campaigns. The arrival of two experienced players, who are in their late 20s, should a significantly help PSG on the European front.