Although Barcelona have allegedly been on a lengthy pursuit of the defender who netted three Bundesliga goals last season, PSG are said to have negotiated a better deal for everyone involved, offering the player a five-year contract.
Schalke 04 released an official statement on their website in which sporting director Christian Heidel confirmed a deal with PSG, explaining:
Schalke director Christian Heidel on Thilo Kehrer to PSG for €37m: “We have already been made aware of a contract with PSG. The transfer will have economic factors which Schalke could not refuse." #S04 #PSG— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) August 12, 2018
"A few weeks ago we had actually agreed a contract extension with Thilo. If this offer from PSG were not to have come through I’m sure he would have gone ahead with the extension, likewise if we had turned the offer down or in the unlikely event something was to stop this deal going ahead."
It is unclear whether Barcelona made an official bid for Kehrer, however reports of their outrage over PSG stealing him seem hypocritical. Earlier this summer, they themselves made a last minute move to 'hijack' and sign winger Malcom, who was reportedly on the way to the airport to sign for Roma.
After completing the necessary medical and contractual obligations, the young defensive prospect will join up with the reigning Ligue 1 champions.
The Parisiens will play their second game of the season this Saturday against Guingamp, and if Kehrer completes his transfer in the next few days he might just get an opportunity from his new manager and long term admirer Thomas Tuchel.