Gini Wijnaldum has reportedly decided to join Paris Saint-Germain after the French club more than doubled Barcelona’s salary offer. The Liverpool midfielder had been expected to join Barca when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of June, but it now appears that PSG have successfully hijacked the deal.
Wijnaldum’s move away from Liverpool has been in the pipeline since January, with Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman personally pursuing his signature.
The 30-year-old will become a free agent on July 1 and has been free to talk to other clubs for the past few months.
Koeman worked with Wijnaldum during his time in charge of the Netherlands and wanted the Liverpool midfielder as part of a summer rebuild for the Spanish side.
The move has been mooted for months, with The Sunday Times reporting in March that Wijnaldum had signed a pre-contract agreement with Barca to become part of president Joan Laporta’s squad overhaul.
Wijnaldum looked set to join fellow Dutch international Memphis Depay at Barca, with Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia arriving from Manchester City.
Romano reports that PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has been instrumental in getting the deal over the line and personally called Wijnaldum ‘many times’ over the past few days to sell the club’s proposition.
Having been dead-set on Barcelona, Wijnaldum now wants to sign with PSG as soon as possible so that he can focus entirely on the Netherlands’ Euro 2020 campaign.
PSG are working on a way to get his medical done in the Netherlands so that they can announce his arrival as soon as possible.
Wijnaldum has been a key player for Jurgen Klopp since he joined Liverpool from Newcastle back in July 2016 for £25million.
He has helped win the Premier League and Champions League for the Reds and made 51 appearances across the 2020/21 season as a vital cog in the Reds’ midfield.