Barca sign PSG's Digne - Stars to have moved between giants

Sport360 staff 19:51 13/07/2016
Digne will play for Luis Enrique's men next term.

The 22-year-old left back spent last season on a successful loan deal at Serie A’s Roma and had been expected to move there permanently.

But Barcelona have sealed the stylish Lille-trained player’s services in a five-year deal worth 16.5 million euros ($18.26M) with a potential four million add on.

“His pace on the left makes him a threat going forward as does his excellent technical quality on the ball,” Barca said in a press release.

Digne, whose buy-out clause is 60 million euros, was part of Didier Deschamps’ 23-strong France squad for Euro 2016, but

didn’t play a single minute, with the experienced Patrice Evra preferred in the starting XI.

Digne will arrive in Barcelona on Thursday to undergo a medical and sign his contract.

Here are the other stars who have switched between the two clubs:

MAXWELL – The Brazilian left-back enjoyed a glittering career at Barcelona, winning two La Ligas, one Champions League, three Spanish Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cup trophies. He penned a three-year contract with PSG in January 2012 in a deal worth €3.5 million and has since gone on to win three league titles in France, where he is still plying his trade.

RONALDINHO – Joined the Nou Camp club in 2003 for a fee of €32.25m after two successful years in the French capital. The Brazilian superstar went on to become a Barcelona legend – treating fans the world over to his superb bag of tricks on the field – and he even won the odd trophy too: two La Ligas, one Champions League and two Spanish Super Cups. He made 207 appearances in all competitions, scoring 94 goals before moving to AC Milan in 2008.

MIKEL ARTETA – The San Sebastian-born star started his career at the Spanish giants but failed to break into the first-team picture at the Nou Camp – and was limited to appearances in the club’s B side. However, his potential did not go unnoticed as PSG snapped up the playmaker initially on loan before securing a permanent switch in 2001 and winning the Intertoto Cup that same year. He went on to make 53 appearances for the club before moving to Rangers and then the Premier League with Everton and Arsenal, where he retired last season.

FREDERIC DEHU – The French former Lens defender only made 11 appearances for Louis van Gaal’s Barcelona during the 1999-2000 season before moving to PSG in 2000. He ended his career in 2007 at Levante.

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