In a dramatic turn of events, Gini Wijnaldum has decided to join PSG over Barcelona after the French club started late contract negotiations with him. He was pursued by the Blaugrana last summer as well, but the transfer did not go through due to Liverpool’s wish to keep him, and more importantly, Barcelona’s financial troubles.
And despite him being heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou as a free agent this summer, he has changed his mind at the 11th hour. PSG have offered him double the salary that Barcelona are offering the player, and the La Liga outfit are not stepping up their bid to bring the Dutch international over.
PSG offered Wijnaldum more than doubled salary and Gini accepted during the night.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 6, 2021
Pochettino called him many times in the last 56 hours.
PSG now working on next steps – medicals in 🇳🇱 too.
PSG want Gini to sign the contract as soon as possible after his Barça-deal turnaround. https://t.co/HOs6YcGsPA
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has called the player personally numerous times over the last few days and has spoken to him about a move to the French capital, talking about his role in the team among other important topics.
His medicals will take place in the Netherlands national team camp since he is currently on international duty, being a part of the squad that will compete in the upcoming European Championship. PSG want to finalise the deal as soon as possible, and Wijnaldum will be a very notable addition to the club’s midfield options.
While Wijnaldum had an agreement with Barcelona about personal terms and had planned medicals, he had not put pen to paper. And with free agents, nothing is finalised until the contract has been signed. Hence, the last-minute switch is a fair option to take up for the player, who has kept his options open all this while.