Monaco: French club Monaco confirmed on Wednesday that a loan deal has been reached with Real Madrid for Portuguese international defender Fabio Coentrao with Layvin Kurzawa moving to Paris Saint-Germain.
Coentrao, who has been capped 50 times, has spent four seasons at Real Madrid, where he failed to make an impression, having previously played for Benfica in Portugal for four years. The 27-year-old will undergo his medical in Monaco on Thursday. PSG coach Laurent Blanc confirmed Wednesday they were signing Kurzawa from Monaco as PSG left-back Lucas Digne completed his loan move to AS Roma.
"It's a delicate case, a difficult case, concerning a former Monaco player who are one of Paris's French rivals in the title race," Blanc told France Bleu radio. "Negotiations were difficult but I think we're signing a very good player, a young player with interesting potential for PSG," Blanc added of 22-year-old Kurzawa who has two caps for France.
According to press reports, Kurzawa has agreed a five-year deal worth EUR24 million ($27m), with his arrival faciliated by the Principality side's exit from the Champions League on Tuesday, losing on aggregate to Valencia. After completing a medical, Digne, 22, signed a one-year deal with the Serie A side that will see Roma pay PSG EUR2.5 million ($2.85m) and could result in the 22-year-old making the move permanent.