Paris Saint-Germain sign Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint Petersburg

Leandro Paredes
Image: Leandro Paredes joined Zenit in the summer of 2017

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Chelsea were interested in Paredes as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who left for Monaco earlier this month.

The Argentina midfielder has been in Paris finalising the deal since the weekend with the fee agreed around £35m.

The 24-year-old has been playing for the Russian club since the summer of 2017, having previously represented Boca Juniors, Chievo, Roma and Empoli.

Cesc Fabregas is set to feature after making his Monaco debut against Marseille
Image: Chelsea had been considering Paredes as a possible replacement for Cesc Fabregas

He has been capped nine times by Argentina since his debut in 2017.

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Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella was also on Chelsea's shortlist with Maurizio Sarri making it clear he needed another defensive midfielder in his squad.

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