On Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain secured the signing of Lucas Hernandez, a defender from Bayern Munich. This marks the fifth addition to the team this week. Alongside Manuel Ugarte, Milan Skriniar, Marco Asensio, and Lee Kang-in, who have all joined since Luis Enrique became the coach on Wednesday, the French 2018 World Cup winner is now a new face at the Parc des Princes.
“I’m feeling so happy, I’ve been waiting to join PSG for some time now and at last it’s happened,” said Hernandez, who will be experiencing Ligue 1 for the first time in his career.
According to a source close to the deal, the transfer of the 27-year-old was valued at approximately 40 million euros ($44 million), significantly lower than the initial asking price of 80 million euros set by Bayern.
There are concerns about Hernandez’s fitness, as he has only made 107 appearances for the Bundesliga team in four years.
Since suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during France’s opening World Cup match against Australia in Qatar, Hernandez has been sidelined and underwent surgery.
Hernandez will form a defensive partnership with Slovakia captain Skriniar, who joined the team on a free transfer the day after Enrique was announced as the manager. Additionally, forward Asensio will be moving from Real Madrid.
Uruguay midfielder Ugarte also joined the team the following day from Portuguese club Sporting, while the Ligue 1 champions signed South Korean international Lee from Real Mallorca on Saturday.
Enrique, the former manager of Barcelona and Spain, has acted swiftly in recruitment due to significant uncertainties surrounding the future of Kylian Mbappe.
PSG is compelled to sell their superstar player in the current transfer window, as they risk losing him for nothing when his contract expires next season.