In a move that was rumored already in the summer transfer window, Brazilian left-back, Maxwell left FC Barcelona, but not for Italy which was initially expected. Instead, Maxwell signed a three and a half year contract for high spending French side Paris Saint-Germain. The move was made official after Maxwell passed the medical exam today in Paris.
While the official transfer fee has not yet been announced, it is rumored to stand at €4 million. If that number proves to be correct then Sandro Rosell conducted some good business with the French, because Maxwell was rarely used in Barcelona this season and was struggling with injures last season.
Maxwell joined Barcelona on 15 July 2009 from Italian side Inter for €4.5 million and €0.5 million in variables. Maxwell proved to be a good backup for Eric Abidal in his first season and was expected to improve further in the next year with one year of tiki-taka under his belt. Maxwell was counted on much more than expected in 2010-11, because of Abidal's prolonged stint on the sidelines, but the Brazilian failed to make those appearances count. What's more, injuries forced him to the sidelines which allowed follow Brazilian, Adriano Correia, to take his place on the depth chart, a place Adriano never gave back.
This season Maxwell found himself on the bench, or even out of the 18-man squad, more often than not and with Guardiola's transition from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 there was just no place for the long-haired Brazilian. Maxwell made 89 official appearances for Blaugrana and scored two goals, one in the Copa del Rey and the other in the 2011 edition of Club World Cup.
Thank you for your services Maxwell, we wish you good luck in France.