Official: €15m Liverpool target agrees 3-year deal

Liverpool received a blow in the race for French starlet, who has been courted by the Reds last month

Presnel Kimpembe’s new three-year contract at Paris Saint-Germain has seen the 21-year-old central defender handed a hefty wage rise by the French giants.

Kimpembe had impressed in his seven appearances to date for PSG this season and was even called up to the France squad, prompting PSG to enter discussions over improved terms.

Reports in France from RMC Sport claim the promising centre-back initially demanded £223,000-a-month, before a deal was agreed with the club.

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Negotiations were drawn out, with Paris initially returning with an offer worth £45,000 per month that was refused by Kimpembe.

The report adds that the agreed contract pays Kimpembe £151,000-a-month up front, with potential bonuses able to take his monthly earnings up to £174,000 – about £40,000 a week.

Before signing, he was reportedly on a monthly wage of £7,100 (or about £1,650 per week) – therefore gaining an increase of 2,350 per cent.

Kimpembe has been the third choice central defender at PSG under Unai Emery, behind Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.

But upon putting pen to paper on his new terms, Kimpembe outlined his ambitions to cement a place in the first team.

‘Extending my contract with the club where I learned my trade brings me a lot of joy,’ Kimpembe said.

‘I’ve been here since I was really little, so this extension means a lot to me. It’s a huge step forward. I’m really happy.

‘My call-up to the France squad and this extension are two dreams come true. But it’s just the beginning. I need to keep working hard to achieve my objectives.

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‘My ambitions for this season? Win titles, play as much as possible and experience some great moments with my teammates, the club and the fans. It is thanks to the fans that we are where we are today.

‘They do a lot for the club and for us. I want to repay that faith and the joy they bring us.’

PSG are currently third in the Ligue 1 table on 26 points, three behind leaders Nice.

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