Athletic Club ‘close’ to Yuri Berchiche

Athletic Club Bilbao are closing in on the €20m signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Yuri Berchiche, according to reports in the Spanish press.

The defender switched Real Sociedad for the French capital last summer in a €15m move but now PSG are keen to balance their books for UEFA Financial Fair Play demands.

Yuri has netted two goals and provided five assists in 32 appearances for the Parisians since his move from La Real to the Ligue 1 champions last summer.

Marca backs up a number of reports in the French press, including L’Equipe, that a move is close to fruition and priority has been given to the transfer after a move for Mikel Merino collapsed.

The defender will become the second former La Real defender to join their Basque rivals following Inigo Martinez’s €32m switch in January.

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