Qatar's transfer window still open as PSG pair Verratti & Draxler close in on moves

Julian Draxler and Marco Verratti with Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.
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Paris Saint-Germain pair Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler are closing in on moves to the Qatar Stars League, according to reports in France.

Although the Saudi Pro League's transfer window closed on Thursday following a huge summer spree which saw around £767m spent on transfers, clubs across the border in Qatar can still sign players.

The QSL transfer window is open until September 18th, which means its teams have nine more days to complete their business.

Aston Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho joined Qatari champions Al Duhail in a season-long deal on Friday and, according to L'Equipe, Verratti and Draxler will be the next big names to move to the QSL.

Verratti has been at PSG for 11 years after moving to the Parc des Princes from Pescara as a 19-year-old. Now 30, the midfielder has reportedly agreed terms with Al-Arabi after an agreement with PSG was reached earlier in the week.

Verratti is now expected to travel to Qatar for his medical before completing a move in the coming days.

Draxler, who is out of favour at PSG, is wanted by Al-Ahli. The German midfielder was linked with Crystal Palace, but seems set for Qatar as well after an agreement was reached.

The two transfers will help Paris Saint-Germain, owned by Qatar Sports Investments, to balance their books and keep in line with Financial Fair Play regulations.

PSG were one of eight clubs to have agreed settlements with UEFA in 2022 after failing to meet break-even requirements for FFP.

The Parisian club will pay a minimum of €26 million, with the remaining €146m conditional on the clubs’ compliance with targets stated in their respective settlement agreements.

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Prior to the links with Qatar, it was reported that Julian Draxler could retire from football altogether this summer.

Meanwhile, Neymar has left the Parisian giants for Saudi Arabia after six years with the club.

And despite persistent rumours that he would join Real Madrid this summer and a stand-off with the French champions, Kylian Mbappe is back in the fold at the Parc des Princes.

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.