PSG signs Spanish defender Yuri Berchiche
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain has finalized its first signing of the summer by hiring Spanish left back Yuri Berchiche from Real Sociedad.
PSG said in a statement on Friday that Berchiche is contracted through June 2021.
PSG was looking for a replacement for Maxwell, who retired at the end of the season. Berchiche will be competing with Layvin Kurzawa for a starting spot.
Berchiche was a key element of the Real Sociedad team that finished sixth in La Liga, playing 35 matches. He also scored three goals and delivered four assists.
PSG, which finished runner-up to Monaco in the French league, has been struggling to attract top players. The club is also engaged in a power struggle with midfielder Marco Verratti, who reportedly wants to leave for Barcelona but PSG does not want to negotiate.