PSG announce signing of ‘fierce competitor’ Asensio…3 hours after ‘storming signings’ →LEE is coming soon
French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), fresh off the appointment of new coach Luis Enrique, announced their first two signings for the 2023/24 season three hours apart.
The club is poised to unleash a flurry of signings that it had agreed to, but hadn’t been able to do due to prioritizing the appointment of Luis Enrique.
PSG announced the signing of Spanish attacker Marco Asensio, 27, who became a free agent on June 6. The deal is for three years, until 2026. With 37 caps for the Spanish national team, Asensio is an all-round striker who can cover all areas of the attacking line. He joined Real Madrid from Mallorca in 2015 and has spent seven and a half years at the Spanish giants, excluding a loan spell at Espanyol.
However, his playing time dwindled as he struggled to compete, and after scoring nine goals in 31 La Liga appearances in the 2022/23 season, he was out of contract at Real.먹튀검증
For Real, he scored 37 goals in 191 La Liga appearances.
Asensio is expected to fill the left-footed void left by Lionel Messi’s departure. PSG had been looking for a left-footed option since Messi’s departure.
Asensio will face some competition from Lee Kang-in, who is reportedly out of contract with PSG. It has been argued that Lee is a midfielder but can also play on the wing, so there could be some position overlap with Asensio. Asensio and Lee are both left-footed, so they could also compete for the kicker position.
Three hours before the announcement of Asensio’s arrival, Real also announced the signing of Slovakian center back Milan Škriniar on a five-year contract. The defender, who spent six years with Italian giants Inter Milan, has been linked with a move to PSG since last year. In the end, he completed his contract with Inter Milan without a mid-season transfer.
The 6-foot-2 center back has risen to become one of the top center backs in the Italian Serie A, where his height and physicality have made him a highly sought-after defender, and he is considered to have both the speed and build-up that defenders need these days.
In addition to Shkriniar and Asensio, European media were convinced that French international defender Luca Hernandez from Bayern Munich, midfielder Manuel Ugarte (Sporting), a standout at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, South Korean soccer future Lee Kang-In, and 2004-born midfielder Cher N’Dour (Benfica) were among the players PSG would announce soon after Enrique’s appointment. In fact, two free agents, Shkriniar and Asensio, have confirmed their arrival.
Now that PSG and Mallorca have finalized the transfer fee, European media outlets believe that the official announcement of Lee’s arrival is just around the corner.
PSG held its first press conference of the new season at its clubhouse in Paris, France, on May 5 to announce the appointment of Enrique.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi thanked Christopher Galtier for his work with the club over the past year and introduced Enrique, saying, “We have a new coach who can play more aggressive soccer and entertain the fans.” He then introduced Enrique. Enrique then appeared and raised the PSG jersey with Al-Khelaifi.
Enrique, who previously coached Barcelona and the Spanish national team, stepped down after Spain’s round of 16 exit at last year’s World Cup in Qatar. He was linked to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and other clubs, but eventually landed at PSG to take on a new challenge in France. A day after Enrique’s appointment, PSG announced two new signings at once.