August 8 – Portugal star Gonçalo Ramos is joining PSG from Benfica in a one-year loan deal, with a which has a 65 million obligation to buy at the end of the loan. The fee could rise to €80 million including add-ons for the -23-year-old.
The deal is expected to see the player’s wages triple from his earnings at Benfica to around €6 million annually.
Ramos, who has a market value of €50 million according to Transfermarkt, became a fixture in his national side after controversially benching Cristiano Ronaldo in the Round of 16 knockout match versus Switzerland. He went on to score a hat trick that would see his team progress to the next round.
Last season he scored 19 league goals alongside six goal involvements in the UEFA Champions League playing up front for Benfica.
His performances for club and country attracted interest from Manchester United, who instead opted for Danish international Rasmus Hojlund to fill the gap in the number nine slot in a €75 million deal last weekend.
The acquisition of Ramos will likely see him occupy the central striker position that is usually taken by Kylian Mbappe, as PSG recruit to fill the gaps in their attack following the departure of Messi. Neymar has also reportedly requested a transfer.
Frenchman Ousmane Dembele is on the cusp of a move to the Parc De Princes to become the latest high-profile winger to make the switch from Barcelona.
Speaking on his departure to his 600,000 Instagram followers, Ramos said: “The time has come to say goodbye too the club that made me leave home at 12-years-old and in such a short time became home too. After 10 years I leave with the certainty that I will one day come back.”
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