At the end of this mercato, Leonardo seems to have concretely advanced his pawns. Danilo Pereira should officially be in Paris by Monday evening thanks to a paying loan in which a purchase option would be included. And the arrival of the FC Porto defensive midfielder could put an end to the long Parisian search in this sector of the game.
Tiémoué Bakayoko, Marcelo Brozovic, Jorginho, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ismaël Bennacer… Throughout this summer mercato, a host of names have been linked to PSG in search of midfield reinforcements.
Ideally, Leonardo would have liked to recruit not one, but two players in this game sector. For lack of the necessary financial resources and adequate solutions, PSG would have to make do with the arrival of Danilo Pereira (29), Portuguese international and 2016 European champion.
All parties would have agreed to a €4M paid loan for one season in which a purchase option would be included according to Sky Sports. Journalist for RMC, Nicolas Vilas went further this Sunday by assuring that the said clause would be a compulsory purchase option amounting to 16M€.
Next summer, PSG would therefore recruit the FC Porto midfielder for the modest sum of 20M€ in total. For several transfer sessions, the PSG sports management has been looking to recruit a sentinel. With Danilo Pereira, the French champion would have found him, and would even have fallen well.
With Danilo Pereira, Paris would have hit the jackpot.
Former goalkeeper at Montpellier where he was a scout in the heart of the Portuguese championship that he knew for years as a player, Jérôme Palatsi congratulated, for Le Parisien, Leonardo for this nice move. A profile that Paris Saint-Germain clearly lacked.
“It’s a profile that the PSG didn’t have. He’s more physical than technical but he’s a very good player, an indisputable starter with Porto. It’s one more solution for the coach who can keep Marquinhos in central defence. Danilo is aggressive, recovers balls, has the experience of the top level, he imposes his physique on the opponents and he doesn’t have the square feet. Afterwards, it is not Verratti in the restart. (…) It’s a good move for the PSG but also for the player”.
Jérôme Palesti was joined by Carlos Freitas. The 2016 European champion with Portugal will inevitably cross a milestone by leaving Porto for PSG, but both parties will find their account according to the general manager of Guimaraes still for Le Parisien, a Liga NOS player. “He is a player of the PSG level, there is no doubt about it.
He is very comfortable with the ball
It’s a very high level element, he can quietly succeed in Paris. There are not many players of this level in Europe with such experience. He is capable of immediately offering a positive response to the PSG “.
Following the example of Alessandro Florenzi and Alexandre Letellier, Leonardo could therefore complete a third recruit, having worked in a submarine, despite the omnipresence of the media and the multitude of names that came out in the press throughout this mercato.
Time will now tell us if Danilo Pereira is the sentry that the PSG has been looking for so much since Thiago Motta’s departure in 2018.
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