OFFICIAL: Chelsea transfer target finally joins PSG

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 29/01/2019

Chelsea transfer target Leandro Paredes has officially joined Paris Saint-Germain from Zenit St Petersburg in a reported £35m deal.

The 24-year-old Argentina international has been linked to a move to Stamford Bridge to replace departed Cesc Fabregas who left for Monaco earlier this month until Ligue 1 Champions dived in for former Roma midfielder after they failed to meet Napoli asking price for Brazilian star Allan.

Paredes has been in Paris finalising the deal since the weekend with PSG are preparing to lose Adrien Rabiot as a free agent and are without the injured Marco Verratti but the South American told the club’s official website: "I’m very proud to be joining Paris Saint-Germain.

"After my previous experiences in Italy and Russia, I now have this fantastic opportunity, not only to discover a new league but above all one to wear one the most prestigious club jerseys in the world.

"I’d like to thank the chairman and the coach for the confidence they have shown in me by signing me.

"We all know the extraordinary sporting dimension of Paris Saint-Germain, its players and staff. I share the same high ambitions and I will do everything I can to give my club what it expects of me as a midfielder.

"I also look forward to the passionate atmosphere of the Parc des Princes, as I grew up with football fever in Argentina.”

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: "We are very happy to welcome Leandro Paredes into the Paris Saint-Germain family today.

"Leandro brings with him the traditional strengths of Argentinian football - a fighting spirit and excellent technical skills.

"He will bring a lot to our midfield and I am sure he will fit quickly into our coach's well-organised and ambitious team.

"Leandro's arrival will keep the momentum, both on the pitch and among our supporters, ahead of the major events coming up. Exciting times lie ahead.”

Paredes signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Parc des Princes, having previously represented Boca Juniors, Chievo, Roma and Empoli.