It is the first big blow of Paris SG this summer. Georginio Wijnaldum (30 years old), free since the end of his adventure with Liverpool, signed up with the capital club until June 2024. A great operation, both in terms of sport, the quality of the environment, brilliant in this start of Euro 2020 with the Netherlands, not being any more to demonstrate, only on the progress of the transfer, since FC Barcelona was also very hot on this file. Asked by The Here We Go Podcast of the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the representative of the Dutchman Humphry Nijman returned to this soap opera.
“He had a great time at Liverpool, his contract expired this summer. (…) They tried to extend him, but he had made another decision. (…) In January, Inter took an interest, Piero Ausilio made an offer, but the economic problems started at Inter. They were no longer able to meet the commitments made. (…) Inter could have been a serious option without the economic problems. They had made a very good offer. (…) Fabio Paratici, sports director at Juventus at the time (he now officiates at Tottenham), called me to express his interest shortly before Leonardo, the sports director of Paris SG. We knew Koeman would love to have Wijnaldum at FC Barcelona. They knew each other from the selection of the Netherlands. It was the options on the table. Bayern Munich were also interested at the end of the transfer window. It was pretty good for the player ”, he first launched.
Leonardo and Pochettino determinants
The Dutch agent then told how the PSG choice was born in their minds. “We had discussions with Barcelona, everything looked very good, we tried to reach an agreement, we were well advanced. At the same time, Paris kept telling us they were interested. They both put an offer on the table for us. We had to choose. Both clubs were fantastic options. For any player, Barcelona represents a great challenge. The same goes for the Paris SG. The player chose Paris and we concluded with them “, he explained before adding.
“We had to make a decision, the player has his reasons. Leonardo showed his professionalism and seriousness. They arrived with a lot of passion and determination, which prompted the player to opt for Paris ”, he said, emphasizing the role of Mauricio Pochettino, Parisian coach, in the negotiations. “Yes, he spoke with Georginio, he told him about the role he imagined for him in the team, what he expected from him. This is what happened six years ago when Tottenham wanted it when they left Newcastle. Pochettino is a fantastic manager, who has done a great job at Tottenham. They faced each other in the Champions League final in 2019. They already knew each other well ”, he concluded. Six years after the wedding will finally take place.