PSG has announced the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum, whose contract with Liverpool ends at the end of this month. He agreed to a contract extension till 2024. Wijnaldum, 30, was set to join Barcelona until PSG made a late offer.
The Reds signed the Dutchman from Newcastle in 2016, and he went on to make 237 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring 22 goals and putting on 16 assists. During his time at Anfield, Wijnaldum won four major trophies, including the Champions League and Premier League, with the 2019-20 title representing Liverpool’s first top-flight victory in 30 years.
Wijnaldum joins a PSG roster that includes Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, and Angel Di Maria, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino reportedly persuading him to join by describing the important role he wants him to play in the team next season. The Netherlands international will provide vital experience to Pochettino’s squad as he attempts to win the Champions League for the first time while also reclaiming the Ligue 1 title.
“Signing for Paris Saint-Germain is a new challenge for me. I’m joining one of the best squads in Europe and I want to bring all my desire and commitment to this ambitious project. Paris Saint-Germain have proved how good they are in recent years and I am convinced that together, with our supporters, we can go even further and higher.”
With Wijnaldum’s contract negotiations dragging on for so long, there has been plenty of time to evaluate his potential replacement at Anfield. Who do you think Liverpool should sign for the empty position?
Official and contract signed until June 2024. Georginio Wijnaldum is a new Paris Saint-Germain player after spending last 5 years at Liverpool. 🔵🔴🇳🇱 #PSG
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 10, 2021