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Paris Saint-Germain signs Brazilian defender Lucas Beraldo on a five-year deal

Beraldo has completed the move for a reported £17.36million after enjoying a breakthrough year in 2023 that saw him make 52 appearances for Sao Paulo

AP/PTI Paris Published 02.01.24, 06:51 AM
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Paris Saint-Germain have signed Brazilian centre-b­ack Lucas Beraldo from Sao Paulo on a five-year deal, the club announced on Monday.

Beraldo has completed the move for a reported £17.36million after enjoying a breakthrough year in 2023 that saw him make 52 appearances for Sao Paulo.

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The 20-year-old was part of their Copa do Brasil winning team in 2023. He has also played for the Brazil U-20 side.

“I’m really happy to be joining a club as ambitious as Paris Saint-Germain. This is an important step in my career and one that will help me to move forward,” Beraldo said in a statement.

PSG have a five-point lead in the race to their third Ligue 1 title in a row.

Mbappe future

As the New Year begins, so does the countdown on Kylian Mbappé’s future.

It promises to be a nervous start to 2024 for Paris Saint-Germain and their fans with speculation set to intensify about their prolific striker.

Mbappé began this season in a transfer standoff with his club after not taking up the option of a 12-month extension into 2025.

It means that, starting January 1, he can openly talk to other clubs or even sign a pre-contract agreement with long-time suitor Real Madrid or Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Mbappé can do so because his contract runs out in June, when he can leave the defending French champions for free.

It has been frustrating at times for Mbappé at PSG, which failed to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League in the last two seasons and has scraped through to
the last 16 in second place this season.

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