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Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona to German starlet Thilo Kehrer as they agree £33m deal with Schalke

Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a deal worth a reported £33million for defender Thilo Kehrer from Schalke.

The 21-year-old Germany international is set for his medical before the deal is to be officially finalised.

Thilo Kehrer is swapping Schalke for PSG

Kehrer made his Bundesliga debut as an 18-year-old in April 2015 and scored his first goal for Schalke a year later, when he produced the equaliser in a close derby game against Borussia Dortmund.

The centre-back has been a regular over the past two seasons and has impressed in the Bundesliga.

He was also part of the Germany U-21 team when they won the Euros in 2017, and has captained for them on three occasions.

Kehrer was also being eyed by Barcelona. but it is PSG where he is now heading.

Schalke’s sporting director, Christian Heidel, admitted that Kehrer had verbally agreed to stay at the German club but things changed when the club was offered a large sum from PSG for the youngster.

He said: “In the end we decided to go for the transfer on financial grounds, particularly since the player’s contract is due to expire next year.

“A few weeks ago we had actually agreed a contract extension with Thilo.

”If this offer from PSG were not to have come through, I’m sure he would have gone ahead with the extension, likewise if we had turned the offer down or in the unlikely event something was to stop this deal going ahead.”

On Sunday evening, PSG began their Ligue 1 title defence with a convincing 3-0 win over Caen at the Parc des Princes where Neymar, Adrian Rabiot and Timothy Weah managed to get their names on the score sheet.

 

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