Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined Barcelona in the race to land Georginio Wijnaldum when his Liverpool deal expires this summer.
The Dutchman has been a vital part of the Reds’ success over the last six years, featuring in more than 200 matches for the club and lifting four trophies, including Liverpool’s first league title since 1990.
However, with Georginio’s contract running down, the versatile midfielder has shown little inclination to remain at the club.
Wijnaldum has been persistently linked with a transfer to Barcelona, where he’d be reunited with Ronald Koeman, his ex-Netherlands manager.
They combined to great effect at international level, he scoring 10 goals in 18 matches under Koeman, including a hat-trick versus Estonia.
But, according to Le Parisien, the Parisians are looking to steal a march on Blaugrana, who they comprehensively beat in the UCL.
They see Georginio as a valuable addition to their ranks, with the player’s consistently effective and energetic displays, and experience of winning major honours.
The 30-year-old star is in the prime of his professional career and was a regular starter throughout his side’s Champions League success in 2019, although Wijnaldum’s most memorable contribution was coming off the bench to net a brace against Barcelona in the second leg of the semi-finals.
The former Newcastle ace’s influence is usually steady rather than spectacular, providing the platform for the Anfield side’s world-class forwards to do the damage.
He’d be well-suited to filling a similar role at the Ligue 1 club, who rely on Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to win matches.
Mauricio Pochettino knows Georginio well from their time together in the English top-flight, having come up against him on many occasions.