Timothy Weah has completed a surprise €10m transfer from Paris Saint Germain to French rivals Lille OSC.
The 19-year-old, son of Liberia legend George Weah, has been in France since 2014 and came through the youth ranks at PSG.
Despite his great potential, however, Weah found opportunities at the Parc Des Princes hard to find. Undoubtedly, this was down to the strong competition for a spot up front he faced from the club’s star-studded attackers in Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
The United States international’s struggles for playtime eventually saw him go out on loan to Celtic in January. In his sixth months in Glasgow, he scored four times in 17 appearances to help the club win a domestic treble in the Scottish Premiership (SPL), Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup.
But it turns out Weah wanted to remain in France and has decided to complete a €10m permanent move to Lillie. The talented youngster signed a five-year contract, with PSG to receive 15% of any future sale.
“For me, Lille is the best club for me to progress,” Weah told the club’s website.
“It’s a young and ambitious team: I know that [head coach] Christophe Galtier and his staff are very professional and appreciated by the players.”
Weah scored two times in just six appearances for PSG’s first-team.
The teenager will now be hoping to lead the charge of Lille next season following their stunning progress from last season.
After finishing 17th in the 2017/18 Ligue 1 campaign, Les Dogues emerged as PSG’s main challengers for the league title last season and finished a solid second in the standings.
Therefore, Weah will get the opportunity to taste Champions League football as well next term. With Galtier expecting Barcelona target Nicolas Pepe to leave this summer, it could give the American a bigger role in the team.
Although former Chelsea man Loic Remy, Rafael Leao and Jonathan Bamba will likely give Weah some strong competition for starting spots.
Currently, Weah is competing in the Concacaf Gold Cup for the US.
Welcome Timothy Weah!@LOSC_EN have reached an agreement with @PSG_English for the services of the #USMNT international forward, who arrives at the @StadePM on a five-year deal! pic.twitter.com/U5UA5kSb8I
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) June 29, 2019