Thilo Kehrer: The man PSG ‘stole’ from Barcelona
In addition to his new club Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona had long followed the progress of defender Thilo Kehrer.
Both clubs had been keeping close tabs on the versatile defender, with a view to potentially making a move for him.
Thus ended a transfer saga in which two league champions fought for his services but only one managed to snap him up.
According to a report in L’Equipe on Monday, the French champions were more skilful in their negotiations, completing their second signing of the summer after Gianluigi Buffon’s arrival, by signing the defender for 37 million euros on a five-year deal.
Despite being just 21, he already has extensive experience with Schalke, playing 45 Bundesliga games and scoring four goals, while also playing eight times in the Europa League and six times in the German Cup.