Paris Saint-Germain has finalized a deal a for AS Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa. The 22-year-old left back is said to cost PSG €23 million.
Manager Laurent Blanc was happy to have the deal done, and was thankful to the front office staff at the club that managed to get a highly-touted young player from one of PSG’s main rivals in the French league.
“It was a complicated issue, a difficult transaction because Monaco is one of the main rivals Paris St Germain in title race, Blanc told L’Equipe. “I thank all club leaders to have completed this transfer, I thank the Chairman, thank Olivier Letang. This is a very good young player joining us with good potential for PSG.”
Kurzawa heads to the French capital after five years with the first team in Monaco. He made his debut in 2010 in a league cup game against Lens. Kurzawa solidified himself in the starting lineup the past two seasons and made a total of 95 appearances for Monaco in all competitions.
He’s represented France at the U-19, U-20 and U-21 level. He became famous for mocking Sweden after scoring a goal in the playoff qualifiers for the 2015 U-21 European Championships. Sweden ended up turning things around and knocked out France and then went on to win the whole tournament. He was handed his international debut with the senior national team in 2014.
Kurzawa comes in at PSG and will compete with Brazilian veteran Maxwell for the starting job at the left back position. The club made another deal on Wednesday as they sent left back Lucas Digne to AS Roma on loan with an option to make the move permanent.