By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain after they gazumped Barcelona’s contract offer.
The Holland international left Liverpool as a free agent this month and was expected to join the Spanish giants once Ronald Koeman’s future as coach was assured.
However, owing to finances, Barca’s offer was less than anticipated and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino stepped in over the weekend to convince the 30-year-old of a move to Paris instead; he is due to sign a three-year contract, pending his medical.
Wijnaldum had attracted interest from several leading European clubs including Bayern Munich, but was thought to have provisionally agreed terms with Barcelona before PSG’s intervention.
The Mundo Deportivo front page stated the club will pay ‘not a Euro more’, despite the club being aware of the French side’s financial clout and massively improved salary package, which works out as more than double Barcelona’s offer.
Wijnaldum is therefore set to sign for Pochettino’s Ligue 1 outfit rather than move to the Nou Camp, with terms on a sizeable deal until 2024 provisionally agreed.