Paris Saint-Germain has completed its first signing of the January transfer window by signing veteran midfielder Lassana Diarra on a short-term deal which will see him stay at the Parc des Princes until June 2019.
The France International who plays as a holding midfielder will once again play at a top club as he tries to resuscitate his football career in the French league after a successful stint at PSG’s arch-rival, Olympique de Marseille, that ended last year.
The much-experienced midfielder, who was born in Paris, before playing for a few months with United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira has also featured for Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid, as he has won the English and Spanish league titles in 2006 and 2012. He also has 34 caps for France and featured at the European Championship in 2008 in his illustrious career
His incredible display for Marseille earned him a recall to the France national team, although he eventually pulled out of Didier Deschamps’ squad for Euro 2016 because of a left knee injury.
”I am very happy to have signed for my hometown club,” Diarra said.” Paris Saint-Germain represents a lot to me and, with the international dimension the club has taken in recent seasons, it is every player’s dream to play here. I am lucky enough to make this dream come true.”
Diarra signed on a free transfer and thus his transfer won’t affect PSG’s bank accounts, which are under UEFA’s scrutiny.
The Paris club is under pressure to sell some players to balance the books after splashing out about 402 million euros ($473 million) on forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer. That led to Qatari-owned Paris Saint Germain being placed under close monitoring by UEFA for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play rules.