PSG have made an official statement to confirm that they have secured the services of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on a three-year contract running through to June 30, 2024. The Netherlands international will formally complete the transfer on July 1, once his deal with the Merseyside giants expires.
Gini spent an illustrious half-a-decade at Anfield after arriving from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016. One of the pillars of success that Liverpool enjoyed in recent times, Wijnaldum was a mainstay in midfield under the German manager, playing 237 games for the Reds.
However, for about a year or so, it has been clear that the 30-year-old attacker’s future at Liverpool is non-existent, with the midfielder choosing not to sign a new deal. With his Liverpool deal set to expire on June 30, the PL heavyweights have been resigned to their fate for quite some time now and have been identifying possible replacements like Youri Tielemans, Nicolo Barella and others.
As for Gini’s future, the outgoing Reds midfielder was heavily linked with Barcelona for the longest time, with reports claiming that the Catalan giants had prevailed in the race to sign him. However, PSG have swooped in at the eleventh hour, offering more than double the wages that Barcelona tabled to turn the player’s head.
The interest from PSG is interesting, considering they signed Danilo Pereira and Rafinha Alcantara last summer. However, neither has been entirely convincing, with Rafinha even being linked with a potential summer exit. With Kays Ruiz-Atil departing Parc des Princes, it is understandable why PSG have gone for an experienced midfielder like Gini, as they bid to regain the Ligue 1 title.