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Saturday, 22 July, 2000, 06:15 GMT 07:15 UK
Anelka to complete 22m Paris move
Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka is set to sign a six-year contract
Paris Saint Germain have broken the French transfer record to bring striker Nicolas Anelka home from Spain.

They have agreed to pay Real Madrid in the region of 22m for the former Arsenal player, club president Laurent Perpere said.

Anelka, 21, will sign a six-year contract and be presented to the fans at half-time during Saturday's friendly with Brazilian club Corinthians at the Parc des Princes.

"We are very happy, particularly as Nicolas' arrival helps us complete the group of players we have at PSG who are young, talented, solid and hungry for success," Perpere told the club's official website.

"There was no point in him coming to PSG if there was not a strong interest on his part to be part of the club's project.

"'That was why I decided to spend an unusually large amount for French football.


"The reason the negotiations succeeded was because we shared the same aims.

"The aim of this operation was not commercial, but rather to bring a talented player to PSG.""

Perpere and newly-elected Real chief Florentino Perez held two rounds of talks with the player's brother and agent, Didier, to finalise the deal.

Now it seems only a medical examination remains to be completed.

Nicolas Anelka
Anelka in action for France during Euro 2000

The transfer brings to an end Anelka's controversial spell with the European club champions.

He served 22 days of a 45-day ban and was heavily fined last season for missing three days of training, claiming the team were not playing to suit his style.

Anelka did make a successful return to the side and scored crucial goals in both legs of the semi-final against German champions Bayern Munich before playing a part in the 3-0 win over Valencia in the final in Paris.

The 21-year-old will begin the French season with the club with whom he began his carrer in 1997 before Arsenal snapped him up for a bargain fee of 400,000.

Gunners' coach Arsene Wenger nurtured Anelka and turned him into a top international.

The moody forward was a member of the the League and Cup double-winning side of 1998 and scored 18 goals in his last season with Arsenal.

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