SPANISH DUO SIGN FOR PSG
Paris Saint-Germain has completed the signing of Barcelona’s Martin Montoya for £6.5 million as well as the free transfer of Malaga’s Sergi Darder.
Montoya, much like PSG’s first signing Fernando, joins the Ligue 1 champions after stalling over a new deal with the Catalan club.
The 22-year-old full back was behind the pecking order at Barcelona, with Dani Alves and the versatile Adriano both thought to be Tata Martino’s preferred options at right back.
Montoya has agreed to sign a four year deal with PSG and will earn £41,000 a week after coming through the ranks at La Masia.
The right back was given his Barcelona berth by the now Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in 2010, playing a total of 45 La Liga games since.
Montoya’s arrival could signal the exit of former Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel, with Benfica and Newcastle United waiting in the wings.
PSG’s third signing of the season is 19-year-old Darder who joins PSG for free after being out of contract with Malaga, signing a four year deal with ‘Le PSG’.
Darder had a host of clubs all interested in his services with Arsenal, Barcelona and Everton thought to have been the most keen.
The French club had to pay £1 million to Malaga in compensation due to the tender age of the defensive midfielder.
However, the highly rated youngster will be loaned out to Liverpool for the remainder of the season after the two clubs come to an agreement.
Darder is yet to play top flight football after switching from Espanyol to Malaga in 2012 where he would only represent their B team Atletico Malagueno.