Yuri Berchiche, PSG Agree to 5-Year Contract After Real Sociedad Transfer

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2017

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 4:  Yuri, #19 of Real Sociedad and Juanfran, #20 of Atletico de Madrid during The La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Sociedad de Futbol at Vicente Calderon on April 4, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain have made a shock move to add to their defensive depth, signing Real Sociedad full-back Yuri Berchiche to a five-year deal.

The club announced the news via Twitter:

The 27-year-old enjoyed the finest season of his career with Real Sociedad in 2016-17, finding some balance. He has spent the bulk of his playing days moving from one team to the other and was even on the books at Tottenham Hotspur to start his career.

Yuri returned to San Sebastian after a successful loan spell with Eibar in 2014, and he improved dramatically in his final stint with La Real.

In the French capital, he'll battle Layvin Kurzawa for minutes at the left-back position. The France international had multiple stints on the sidelines with injuries last season, forcing PSG to turn to veteran defender Maxwell. Yuri should be a far more efficient depth option with the upside to push for a starting spot.

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