Lilian Thuram will sign for Paris Saint-Germain this week when officials from the French club fly to Barcelona to finalize a contract for the defender.

Having decided to leave Camp Nou this summer after two seasons with the Blaugrana, the 36-year-old has been linked with several clubs, including Celtic and Rangers in Scotland.

But PSG has jumped to the head of the line as it looks to bolster its ranks with a plan to sign several veteran French stars, including Claude Makélélé, Robert Pirés and Ludovic Giuly.

According to L'Equipe, Thuram will be one name that the club can count on as he has already decided that he wants to return to Ligue 1 after 12 years away.

In principle, the deal will be for one season, but both PSG and Thuram will have the option to state that they want to extend it for a further season if everything goes well.

After the first round of talks with representatives from the French capital outfit, an agreement was reached and now only the player's signature is required to complete the deal.

Thuram made his professional debut for Monaco in 1991 and after five years in Monte Carlos moved to Parma, where he enjoyed another five successful campaigns.

In 2001 he moved on to Juventus before opting to join Barcelona two seasons ago following la Vecchia Signora's relegation to Serie B for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal.

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