Lucas Beraldo is a few hours into his Paris Saint-Germain career, and he could see his first action in European football in the Trophée des Champions against Toulouse FC on Wednesday at the Parc des Princes.
Ahead of the matchup, Luis Enrique spoke with reporters on Tuesday, offering his initial impressions on Beraldo’s training with PSG. However, witnessing the Brazilian in action firsthand only affirmed what the Spanish manager already understood about the player.
“This is the first player to join us in this transfer window,” Enrique told reporters (h/t Paris Fans). “He has trained with us, and we’ve seen what we already knew because there’s a precise follow-up before recruiting. We always gather the maximum amount of information, not just about the player’s skills.
“We also seek players with personality, strong desire, and high professionalism. Beraldo meets all these criteria. He is a solid left defender, offensively and defensively, and very young. He is a player for the future, a highly interesting player.”
Though not scheduled to start in the Trophée des Champions, Beraldo will likely feature in the starting 11 soon, with crucial Ligue 1 and Coupe de France matches on the horizon. Consequently, PSG must rely on their depth to ensure the optimal lineup for the UEFA Champions League first leg against Real Sociedad on Valentine’s Day.
The defender wasn’t the only Brazilian who will arrive this winter transfer window. Former Corinthians midfielder Gabriel Moscardo will sign with PSG this Thursday. The 18-year-old will undergo surgery in Doha, Qatar, keeping him out of action for three months.