PSG’s Leandro Paredes could be set for loan-to-buy deal at Juventus

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a breakthrough has been made in the discussions between PSG and Juventus for midfielder Leandro Parades, who could be set to arrive on a loan-to-buy deal at the Serie A side. PSG have offered the solution to Juventus and the player, with Paredes’ agent now working to find a solution between the two clubs on a potential future fee. The Argentine has also already reportedly agreed personal terms with the Old Lady, with Adrien Rabiot’s move to Manchester United playing a key role in negotiations. 

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 Le Parisien  reported last week that Leandro Paredes is expected to be squeezed out of the PSG squad with Napoli midfielder Fabien Ruiz’s impending arrival in Paris expected to push the Argentine down the midfield pecking order and perhaps out of the squad entirely, with Paredes possibly suffering a similar fate to Julien Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa, Ander Herrera and others who have been asked to train with the reserve side.

However, the Spanish-speaking Paredes has an important role socially within the PSG dressing room and, as his deft assist for Lionel Messi’s bicycle kick in the 5-0 win over Clermont this weekend shows, he has a strong connection with his countryman as well as Neymar. Despite struggling to settle initially after joining for €40m from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2019, Paredes is now a popular figure at the club and is close to the rest of a major Spanish-speaking contingent in the group.

The 28-year-old has agreed personal terms with Juventus but PSG were looking for at least €20m to allow him to leave and, although the player is tempted by Juve with the World Cup on the horizon, finalising the deal and his removal from the group remains difficult.

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