Paris Saint-Germain has made an attempt to hijack Barcelona’s deal to sign Georgino Wijnaldum on a free transfer. Former Liverpool midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum was set to join the Spanish giants FC Barcelona on a three-year deal until 2024, but PSG has blown them away with a much superior offer.
Wijnaldum has decided to leave Liverpool as his contract expires at the end of June. Barcelona was pushing to sign the Dutch midfielder. As per multiple reports in Spain, the Spanish club had a verbal agreement with Wijnaldum and his agent. Barcelona was also reportedly planning to send their medical team to the Dutch football camp where the player is currently training for Euro 2020.
At the end of last week, PSG has offered a way bigger contract to the player. The reported offer from the French club is twice the salary offered by Barcelona. According to reliable Fabrizio Romano, Wijnaldum is now inching towards joining PSG.
Wijnaldum’s salary at Liverpool was around €4.6 million per year and Barcelona agreed to give him a lesser salary than that of his previous one. According to De Telegraaf in the Netherlands, the dynamic midfielder will earn more than €10 million per season in PSG, which is double his current salary.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino wanted to sign Wijnaldum at Tottenham Hotspur in 2016, but he went to Liverpool instead for £25 million. It looks like Pochettino is successful in persuading the Dutch midfielder to join the club. Wijnaldum could have reunited with his countryman and former Dutch manager Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.
This is a big blow for Barcelona as Koeman has been keen to sign Wijnaldum since last summer. Barcelona has signed Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia from Manchester City on free transfers. They have activated the clause to bring back Emerson Royal from Real Betis for €9 million.
After losing out on Wijnaldum, Barcelona will be looking to complete the signing of Memphis Depay on a free transfer in the coming few weeks. Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman is also set to continue for another year at Barcelona despite the rumours of his departure.