French giants Paris Saint-Germain have, on Thursday, unveiled the latest high-profile addition to the club’s attacking ranks.
The player to have taken his talents to France’s capital ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline? Bradley Barcola.
The name of gifted youngster Barcola, of course, has made its way front and centre in the media headlines throughout the summer to date.
This comes after the 20-year-old, fresh off a breakout campaign with Olympique Lyonnais, was added to the wishlists of a whole host of clubs from across the continent.
In England, Mauricio Pochettino’s big-spending Chelsea were understood to be particularly keen, going as far as to open negotiations with their counterparts at Lyon.
In the end, however, it was the aforementioned PSG who positioned themselves at the front of the queue, after Barcola himself made clear his preference for a move to the Parc des Princes.
Talks, in turn, had long been kicked into gear between the two Ligue 1 heavyweights.
And, as alluded to above, on Thursday, such discussions have at long last borne fruit.
As per an announcement across PSG’s official website and social media platforms:
‘Bradley Barcola has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent transfer from Olympique Lyonnais, with the French striker signing a five-year deal with Les Rouge et Bleu, thereby committing himself to the club until 2028. He will wear the number 29.’
Barcola, a French youth international capable of lining out in a number of positions across the frontline, is understood to have set PSG back a sum of €45 million, plus €5 million in bonuses.